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German privacy watchdog dislikes Facebook's "Like"

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 BERLIN (AP) -- A German data protection authority is "unliking"
Facebook's "Like" button.
   Schleswig Holstein's data protection commissioner, Thilo
Weichert, on Friday ordered state institutions to shut down fan
pages on the social networking site and remove the button from
their websites, saying it leads to illegal profiling.
   Weichert says analysis by his office shows Facebook builds
personal profiles on users and non-users that infringe upon German
and European data protection laws.
   He also urged Internet users in general to "keep their fingers
from clicking on social plug-ins" and "not set up a Facebook
account" to avoid being profiled.
   The keepers of Germany's strict privacy laws have repeatedly
clashed with international Internet giants, such as Facebook and
Google.
   Facebook did not immediately respond to an emailed request for
comment.
   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
   APNP-08-19-11 0903MDT
 

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