A German court has ruled that a shopping site’s use of theFacebook ‘Like’ button was not legal, since users were not properly warned that their personal data was being shared with the social network.

The Düsseldorf district court said that the Fashion ID clothing website, run by retailer Peek & Cloppenburg (P&C), failed to get the right approval from users before transferring some of their browsing data to Facebook.

The case was brought by the North Rhine-Westphalia Consumer Association, who claimed the site transferred data to Facebook through the ‘Like’ button, regardless of whether they even used it or not.

The court said that the practice violated Germany’stough data protection laws, and the retailer could have to pay a penalty of up to €250,000 (£192,000), according to Reuters.

Now, P&C and other retailers will have to explicitly warn users that liking their pages on Facebook from their sites will allow the social network to log some of their data.

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