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After criticism of the Federal cartel office : The Facebook User is no Alternative

Professor Wambach, the Federal cartel office wants to rein in the data collection of Facebook. Right?

Yes. The allegation of the Federal cartel office to Facebook is that the group is dominant in the market, and terms of abuse. Facebook collects a lot of data, linking these data together and makes it possible for competitors more difficult, users make a competing offer. It is good that the cartel office is looking into it.

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With the data protection basic regulation, but there is a law to prevent the abuse of data. What has this to do with the Federal cartel office in order to not exceed the competition authorities of their competence?

The cartel office has not started the proceedings against Facebook in the year of 2016, there was the data protection regulation. This is different today, the data protection authorities now have more bite. But, nevertheless, the Whole thing is also a case for the Federal cartel office if the breach of the data protection leads to a restriction of competition. And this is according to the findings of the Federal cartel office in the case of Facebook. Facebook has due to its enormous data collecting ahead of its competitors.

government Advisor: Achim Wambach advises the Federal Minister of economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, when it comes to competition issues.Photo: Kitty Kleist-Heinrich

the accusations Are still up to date?

Yes. Otherwise, the decision of the cartel office would not have been so. Facebook has caused damage and need to fix it now.

Almost everyone Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram. The extent to which we are Users to blame?

But the User don't have any Alternative, you are in a forced situation. This is part of the abuse of the dominant position of Facebook: It is quasi-forced, his data, in order to use the services of Facebook and his daughters.

The big Internet companies Facebook, Google, and Amazon are taken from different sides – by the EU Commission to the German Federal cartel office. How strong the authorities are?

do not Forget in addition, the U.S. competition authority also took action against Google, because Google had exclusive contracts with the company. The EU Commission has brought several cases against Google because of the placement of search results, and due to the link of Google services on Android. The competition Commissioner, Margrete Vestager has imposed in favour of harsh penalties.

The authorities have so quite powerful. And it is good that such procedures run, as patterns go. From procedure to procedure, it is gaining more clarity about what is permitted for the corporations and what is not. You have to have a market-dominant company in their place. Sometimes it is so that business practices will prove over time to be problematic.

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Federal cartel office, Facebook may not collect as many data

Marie Zahout

Achim Wambach is the President of the monopoly Commission. The monopolies Commission advises the Federal Ministry for economic Affairs in the field of competition.

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