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German Privacy Watchdog Convinces Five Companies To Remove 'Like' Button

Five German companies -- Nivea, travel site HRS, ticket seller Eventim, and fashion companies KIK and Peek & Cloppenburg -- removed Facebook's Like button due to pressure from the government-sponsored Consumer Advice Center of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Register reports. The watchdog says that Facebook's use of cookies to track visitors via the Like button violates the German Telemedia Act. The move comes two weeks after privacy officials in Belgium accused Facebook of violating European privacy law by tracking visitors on outside sites.

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