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Federal cartel office decides : Does Facebook have too much Power?

at the Federal cartel office with Facebook? For two years the authority has examined whether the social network has in this country a dominant position in the market and whether it exploits them. This Thursday, the cartel office wants to present his results. A penal payment threatens not to Facebook. However, the authority could ban the US group in this country to Collect information about third parties - what is a not insignificant part of its business model.

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Facebook is in Germany for a longer period in the criticism: The social network to collect unlimited users ' data from third-party sources, and you are with the Facebook account of the respective user. To belong to the third sides of the group's own platforms, such as Whatsapp or Instagram. On the other hand, websites and Apps other operators are meant, on Facebook, via interfaces such as the Like Button accesses.

The social network can watch what its users are doing outside of Facebook: what are you looking for? What article are you reading? What contacts do you maintain? During the group mass-collects data, get the user nothing about it.

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"by Using interfaces, flow of data to Facebook, and will be collected and recycled, if you visit other websites. This is already done, if you Like, for example, a 'like Button' not at all, but the appropriate page is accessed, in which such Button is embedded. This is the users are not aware of," said the President of the Federal cartel office, Andreas Mundt, already in 2017 to the start of the procedure.

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The Federal cartel office is of the opinion that the data Tracking and the merge with Facebook account, no effective consent of the user. Facebook, however, has objected to the assessment by the Federal cartel office in Germany has a dominant market position.

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