Facebook’s ongoing attempt to get around EU privacy legislation in Belgium has taken a turn for the semantic:
Facebook has appealed a ruling from the Court of First Instance that supported the Belgian data authority’s demand that the social media network stop tracking users.
The court’s ruling contained some English words — like cookie, homepage and browser — which could violate a Belgian law that says all rulings must be in the official languages of the country: French, Dutch and German. Facebook has said this means the whole ruling must be annulled.
Facebook’s lawyers need to get out more. They’re not fooling anyone with this.
Privacy lawyers not associated with the case told POLITICO this is a “desperate, petty and last-ditch” attempt to avoid Belgian justice.
And that’s putting it mildly.