Spying & Cross Platform Data Collection: “Germany accuses Facebook of abuse…”

  • Germany’s antitrust watchdog ruled on Thursday that Facebook abused its market dominance in collecting, merging and using user data.
  • The competition authority said Facebook could no longer combine users’ data from separate apps like WhatsApp and Instagram without voluntary user consent.
  • Facebook said in a blog post it will appeal the decision.

…The German competition authority, called the Bundeskartellamt, said it was imposing far-reaching restrictions on how Facebook processes user data and gathers consent. Specifically, it said Facebook could no longer combine users’ data from separate apps like WhatsApp and Instagram without voluntary user consent. The decision is the culmination of a three-year investigation into the social media company by the German watchdog.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/07/german-antitrust-watchdog-cracks-down-on-facebook.html

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