reported that “A Norway court sided with the country’s data protection authority in a battle against Facebook over surveillance based-ads, ruling that the agency has the authority to tell the social media giant to temporarily halt behavioral tracking without explicit consent or face daily fines.”  The September 8, 2023 report entitled “Norway Court Upholds Temporary Ban of Behavioral Ads on Meta” ( included these comments:

In July, the agency known as Datatilsynet imposed a temporary ban on compulsory behavioral advertising on Facebook and Instagram. It imposed fines on parent company Meta of nearly $100,000 per day starting on Aug. 14 for noncompliance – and Facebook sought to halt in court to halt those fines.

Oslo District Court on Wednesday ruled for the privacy watchdog, writing that the agency had not acted disproportionately on behalf of Norwegians’ privacy interests.

Meta must now halt behavioral tracking for Facebook and Instagram in Norway, said Tobias Judin, head of the international section for Datatilsynet. “We understand that they are looking into how they can comply with data protection law in the long term, but in the meanwhile and until they have carried out the necessary changes, the illegal activity needs to stop,” Judin told Information Security Media Group.

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