Facebook Privacy Battle in Belgium Reflects an Internet at Crossroads

The Belgian regulatory assault on Facebook Inc.’s privacy policies reflects a broader effort to bring Internet companies, and the Internet itself, under greater government control.Belgium’s Privacy Commission said Facebook processes the personal data of its members as well as other Internet users “in secret,” without asking for consent or adequately explaining how the data would be used, the WSJ’s Lisa Fleisher and Tom Fairless report. “The way in which [Facebook] is contemptuous of the private lives of its members and of all Internet users demands action,” said Willem Debeuckelaere, the commission’s president.

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