Feb 19, 2018

Court orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users in Belgium

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A Belgian court has ordered Facebook to stop tracking web users who have not given their consent after it found that the company broke privacy laws by using cookies and social plugins to track people online as part of an effort to sell ads, TechCrunch reports.

Why it matters: This is the second time a court in Belgium ruled that the social media giant practice violates the law, per TechCrunch. Facebook will reportedly have to pay up to €100 million (~$124M), at a rate of €250,000 per day in fines, if it doesn't comply with the ruling. The social network company plans to appeal, according to TechCrunch, arguing that its tactic allows thousands of businesses to grow and reach customers across the Europe.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

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Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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