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German Watchdog blocks Facebook from merging user data without consent

Germany's competition watchdog; the Bundeskartellamt has imposed "far-reaching" restrictions on Facebook's data collection and sharing. Facebook unsurprisingly plans to appeal. The watchdog said that Facebook should not combine or collect user data third-party websites and assign them to user accounts without users' consent. Facebook "will have to substantially restrict its collection and combining of data", and was also told to start incorporating new ways to ensure that this doesn't happen....
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Germany, Blogging, Andreas Mundt, Bundeskartellamt


Facebook Can't Gather Users' Data From Other Websites, German Antitrust Office Says

Facebook "was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power," says Andreas Mundt, of Germany's Federal Cartel Office.(Image credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
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Germany to restrict Facebook's data gathering activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent. Germany, where privacy concerns run deep, is in the forefront of a global backlash against Facebook, fuelled by last year's Cambridge Analytica scandal in which tens of millions of Facebook profiles were harvested without their users' consent. "In future, Facebo...
Tags: Facebook, News, Germany, Cambridge Analytica, Andreas Mundt, Federal Cartel Office


German antitrust office limits Facebook’s data-gathering

A lengthy antitrust probe into how Facebook gathers data on users has resulted in Germany’s competition watchdog banning the social network giant from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms without their consent. The investigation of Facebook data-gathering practices began in March 2016. The decision by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, , also prohibits Facebook from gathering data on users from third party websites — such as via tracking pixels and social plug-ins —...
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Facebook's entire business model is in danger after it was given an unprecedented kicking by an EU regulator

Facebook has been clobbered with a landmark ruling in Germany, which could mean huge changes to the way it collects data for 32 million users in the country. Germany's antitrust regulator has told Facebook it must stop forcing users to allow it to collect and combine their data from sources outside Facebook. Such sources include Facebook-owned apps like WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as third-party websites with in-built Facebook features like the "share" button. Facebook is appealing the dec...
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Facebook was clobbered by a landmark EU ruling that could mean major changes to the way it does business

Facebook has been clobbered with a landmark ruling in Germany that could mean huge changes to the way it collects data for 32 million users in the country. Germany's antitrust regulator has told Facebook it must stop forcing users to allow it to collect and combine their data from sources outside Facebook. Among such sources are Facebook-owned apps like WhatsApp and Instagram as well as third-party websites that include Facebook features like the "share" button. Facebook says it plans to appea...
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Germany sets new limits on Facebook data collection

Germany's Federal Competition Office (FCO) said Thursday it would impose new limits on how Facebook collects data from subsidiaries Whatsapp and Instagram, as well as third-party websites with embedded Facebook features such as "Like" buttons. Rather than requiring users to accept that such data can be folded into their Facebook accounts under a one-off agreement to the social network's terms and conditions, users must in future be asked for their specific consent in both cases, the authority s...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Germany, Fco, Andreas Mundt, Federal Competition Office FCO


Facebook Suffers German Antitrust Attack on Business Model

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office gave the company 12 months to stop “unrestrictedly collecting and using” such data and combining it with users’ Facebook accounts without their voluntary consent. Facebook said it is being unfairly singled out by the regulator, which has broken new ground by using antitrust law to pounce on internet data gathering. "People always ask to break up huge internet companies,” Andreas Mundt, head of the German Federal Cartel Office, told journalists in Bonn.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Germany, Andreas Mundt, Federal Cartel Office, German Federal Cartel Office


Facebook's entire business model is being dissected in Germany, where regulators are getting tough on tech

Germany's antitrust regulator is reportedly about to order Facebook to stop collecting certain user data. The Bundeskartellamt has been investigating Facebook since 2016 and has already expressed concern about the way Facebook collects information on its users via WhatsApp and Instagram. It's another warning shot for Facebook, since it marks Germany becoming even more aggressive towards the social network on user privacy. Germany is the most powerful country in the EU, and its attitudes toward...
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One of Amazon's most powerful tools is putting a target on its back, and it could turn into a problem for the company (AMZN)

Regulators in Europe have zeroed in on a specific part of Amazon's business that they say could be anti-competitive. The scrutiny involves the company's dual role as both a direct retailer — buying goods wholesale and selling them to consumers — and as a platform for other retailers to sell their goods. The issue is the data and how Amazon uses it. In the United States, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has had a similar take on Amazon's role. Amazon's third-party marketplace is core to its retail growth...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Germany, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, United States, New York Times, Alibaba, European Commission, Warren, Margrethe Vestager, Fco, Vestager, Brussels Belgium, Sorkin, Andrew Ross Sorkin


Germany’s competition regulator to investigate Amazon’s marketplace

Germany’s competition regulator (Bundeskartellamt) is against Amazon . In particular, the regulator is going to look at the relationship between Amazon and third-party sellers on the platform. “Its double role as the largest retailer and largest marketplace has the potential to hinder other sellers on its platform,” Bundeskartellamt president Andreas Mundt wrote in the announcement. “Because of the many complaints we have received we will examine whether Amazon is abusing its market position...
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Europe is closing in on Amazon, as Germany investigates if the firm is abusing its market position

Germany's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into whether Amazon is abusing the dominance of its marketplace platform. The probe was prompted by numerous complaints lodged against Amazon by third-party sellers. It will run in tandem with a similar investigation by the EU into Amazon's marketplace. Germany's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Amazon over the potential abuse of its marketplace platform. The president of the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskarte...
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Germany's Federal Cartel Office Claims Facebook 'Extorts' Personal Data From Users

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Germany's Federal Cartel Office is examining whether Facebook essentially takes advantage of its popularity to bully users into agreeing to terms and conditions they might not understand. The details that users provide help generate the targeted ads that make the company so rich. In the eyes of the Cartel Office, Facebook is "extorting" information from its users, said Frederik Wiemer, a lawyer at Heuking Kuhn Lueer Wojtek in Hamburg. "Wh...
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Facebook’s being investigated for operating as a cartel

Facebook has a very uneasy relationship with regulators in Germany and now the company is being investigated for abusing its power over user data, which may mean it’s breaking local data protection or monopoly laws. The Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office) says it is working closely with relevant bodies within the European Union, which means the consequences could reach right across the region if it is found to be abusing its position. “For advertising-financed internet services such as Face...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Germany, Monopoly, Eu, European Union, Andreas Mundt, Bundeskartellamt Federal Cartel Office


Facebook probed for market abuse by German anti-cartel watchdog

FRANKFURT (By Georgina Prodhan and Harro ten Wolde, Reuters) – Germany’s cartel office has opened an investigation into Facebook for suspected abuse of market power through breaches of data protection law, it said on Wednesday. The watchdog said Facebook’s terms of service regarding its use of user data may abuse its possibly dominant position in the social network market. “For advertising-financed internet services such as Facebook, user data are hugely important. For this reason it is essentia...
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German watchdog wants user data considered before approving Internet mergers

(Reuters) – The vast troves of consumer data held by big Internet companies should be scrutinized in merger probes because they have a big impact on competition, the president of the German antitrust watchdog told a newspaper. “Until now, markets in which no money flows and in which no revenues are posted do not count as markets from a competition point of view. But that obviously goes against the logic of many Internet markets,” Andreas Mundt told Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s Saturday edition. Collec...
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