A new French Privacy order means that Facebook now has three months to stop tracking ‘non-members’ of the social network without their consent.
The website currently uses Cookie technology to track the internet activity of those who visit the site, regardless of membership. The type used by Facebook, known as datr, can last for two years.
“Protecting the privacy of the people who use Facebook is at the heart of everything we do. We… look forward to engaging with the CNIL [French data protection authority – Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes] to respond to their concerns,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.
Last year Facebook also made changes to the way in which the site is viewed in Belgium, following a similar order. Users must now log into the website before they can find or view any information.
The French data protection body has also requested stronger password complexity to become the norm, asking that at least 8 characters are used as opposed to the current 6.
The CNIL also demanded that the firm stops transferring some personal data over to the US, as the Safe Harbour agreement has now ended, after being ruled invalid in October 2015.