Users in Belgium Will Have to Log In to See Facebook Pages

Privacy mavens will probably be happy with Facebook’s concessions in Belgium, but page owners? Not so much.

Privacy mavens will probably be happy with Facebook’s concessions in Belgium, but page owners? Not so much.

BBC News reported that Facebook agreed to require users to log in prior to viewing pages, rather than enabling the use of cookies, particularly the datr cookie.

Facebook has claimed that the datr cookie helps prevent the creation of fake accounts, hijacking of accounts, theft of content and denial-of-service attacks, and a spokeswoman for the social network told BBC News:

We had hoped to address the Belgian Privacy Commissioner’s concerns in a way that allowed us to continue using a security cookie that protected Belgian people from more than 33,000 takeover attempts in the past month.

We’re disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement and now people will be required to log in or register for an account to see publicly available content on Facebook.

Facebook also said in a letter to the BPC, as reported by BBC News:

We continue to have significant concerns that requirements set forth during these proceedings in respect of cookie practices have not been applied fairly and equitably within Belgium to other Internet services, as demonstrated in the reports we have submitted in the past.

Readers: Should page administrators be concerned that Internet users will decide not to take the extra step of logging into Facebook to view pages?


Image courtesy of Shutterstock. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.