Germany Unlikes the “Like” Button

A German data protection agency wants you to just say "nein" to Facebook.

Thilo Weichert, the state of Schleswig-Holstein's data protection commissioner, ordered state agencies to shut down their Facebook fan pages and remove the "Like" button from its web pages.

At issue is an agency claim that the button leads to profiling, which is illegal in Germany. Further the agency says Facebook is able to track user data, including IP addresses, when they click on the button.

A Facebook representative confirmed to the Associated Press that the company could indeed see some data information but insisted all technical data was deleted within 90 days.

A privacy showdown between Germany and a Silicon Valley company is nothing new. Germans fought Google's Street View cameras until last year the search giant agreed to allow them to blur images of their homes.

Facebook agreed in January to give its users more control over how their address books are used after some residents raised concerns with its "Friend Finder" feature.

The Palo Alto-based company says it is currently in complete compliance with European data protection laws.

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