Court rules against Facebook 'like' button in German shopping case

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Posted: Mar 09, 2016 8:54 AM

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Facebook's "Like" button violates German and European privacy laws in a case brought by a consumer group against an online shopping site which relied on the user recommendation feature, a Dusseldorf regional court said on Wednesday.

The ruling followed a complaint by the Nordrhein-Westfalen Consumer Association against a shopping site owned by German department store chain Peek & Cloppenburg KG Duesseldorf, for using the Facebook feature without appropriate user consent.

(Reporting By Eric Auchard and Harro ten Wolde in Frankfurt; Editing by Edward Taylor)