Belgium recently had a court ruling that determined Facebook was going too far in collecting information about visitors to its site who are not Facebook users.
Facebook has said that it will appeal this decision, which it likely considers central to the business model the company uses, whereby they harvest user data and sell it to advertisers, for lack of a better description. Facebook must see it as paramount to fight such rulings at every level, to prevent further regulation on the collection of user data.
For its part, Belgium seems to be interpreting laws in a pretty standard way, not going out of its way to make the determination. The Belgian ruling is not alone [...]