Germany cracks down on Facebook for abusing market dominance

Germany’s antitrust watchdog ruled on Thursday that Facebook abused its market dominance in collecting, merging and using user data.

Germany’s antitrust watchdog, called the Bundeskartellamt, said it was imposing far-reaching restrictions on how Facebook processes user data and gathers consent. The decision is the culmination of a three-year investigation into the social media company by the German watchdog.

“In future, Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to the practically unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data to their Facebook user accounts,” Andreas Mundt, president of the Bundeskartellamt said in a press release Thursday.

Facebook has one month to appeal the decision, which it said it will do in a blog post published Thursday…read more

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