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Cartel restricts Facebook to the collect data

The cartel office takes action against Facebook. The authority told the group to collect data outside the social network. Facebook immediately responded - you'll have to fight back against the decision.

The Federal cartel office has imposed on Facebook, far-reaching restrictions on the processing of user data. Facebook have in Germany a dominant position and miss, you, need, the authority said.

The German cartel office said on Facebook, the bring together on third-party sites collected data with information collected on the users of the platform, the Online network itself.

The "Like"Button on many sites - Facebook collects data.

The authority also considered belonging to the group of Apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp as third-party sources. The restrictions will affect, therefore, the use of the "Like"Buttons on other websites.

"Facebook is no longer allowed to force its users to agree to a virtually limitless collection and mapping of Non-Facebook data to your user account," said cartel office President Andreas Mundt. He made it clear:

"As a dominant company, Facebook is subject to special antitrust legal obligations and must take into account in the operation of its business model, the Facebook-can't Dodge users practically on other social networks. A mandatory tick in the consent to the terms and conditions of the company in the face of the overwhelming market power of the firm is not a sufficient basis for such intensive data processing."

The Online network now has twelve months to change his behavior and has to present within four months of the solution proposals. The decision of the cartel office is not yet final.

Torsten Beermann, WDR, on the decision of the Federal cartel office
tagesschau 12:00 PM, 07.02.2019

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