French data privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook

In the first significant action against a company for transferring European citizen’s data to the USA after the Safe Harbour pact was ruled illegal last year, the French data protection authority has given Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users’ web activity without their consent, and ordered it to stop some transfers of personal data to the USA. While Facebook felt it had complied with EU data protection laws, cookies and profiling were considered non-compliant wit the regulations.