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GERMANY— Facebook “like” buttons and fan pages not data protection law compliant in Germany

A very hotly debated topic at the moment in Germany is the data privacy law compliance of the Facebook “like” button and Facebook fan pages. After lengthy discussions and examinations by administrative authorities, the data protection authority in the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein issued a press release on 18 August 2011 urging all website operators to shut down their fan pages on Facebook and remove social plug-ins such as the “like” button from their websites.

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