Friday, 22 February, 2019


Germany bans Facebook from merging user data across services without consent

Facebook banned in Germany from pooling user data without consent German court orders Facebook to redesign data collection, saying it abuses market dominance
Conrad Doyle | 09 February, 2019, 13:44

"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 accounts", Federal Cartel Office chief Andreas Mundt said.

He said the pooling of data on particular individuals from multiple sources had contributed to Facebook's market power. At issue is Facebook's practice of merging the data it collects about users across different services into a unified profile.

Facebook and its leadership are coming under intense scrutiny at the moment amid ongoing concern about the tech giant's handling of user data.

The FCO's requirement for specific consent to merge data with Facebook accounts stopped short of media rumours that the authority could ban familiar products, such as the "Like" or "Share" buttons strewn around many third-party websites which aid data collection. Instead, it must provide a technical solution to allow users to opt out of the data tracking outside the Facebook account.

The decision does not deal with the collection and processing of data generated by the use of Facebook's own service. Finally, the FCO also concluded that the data allows Facebook to improve its position in targeted advertising services to the disadvantage of customers and competitors in the advertising space.

Through those practices, Facebook has been able to build profiles of its users that are far more complete than if it relied exclusively on recording their activities within the social network.

The Federal Cartel Office ruled that Facebook will be able to continue gathering user data with various services and applications, but none of that data can be combined under a single account without the user's voluntary consent.

According to the tech giant, the Federal Cartel Office has misunderstood Facebook's compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law, which went into effect a year ago. Facebook adviser criticises "lax" child checks Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules In addition, the company runs a scheme called the Facebook Pixel, which adds code to a third-party site to let its owners track whether ads run on Facebook converted the people who saw them into buyers. Furthermore, many consumers are unaware that merely by visiting a website with a Facebook "like" button they may already being sharing data with the company. Users are more likely to stay within Facebook's properties if they can easily message their friends across different services, rather than having to switch between Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Germany has consistently been one of the leading nations attempting to tackle the power and influence of the internet players, creating a more tightknit regulatory framework which you would naturally expect in business.

Facebook said German authorities underestimated the competition Facebook has in Germany from YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and others.

Facebook released a blog post Thursday directly refuting the order, entitled "Why We Disagree With the Bundeskartellamt" (the name of the agency). There's an obvious regulatory clash hollowing out one of GDPR's key tasks: the prevention of different data protection regimes across the EU.

The EU introduced its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May a year ago, intensifying regulators' focus on Facebook.

European regulators have always been concerned about Facebook's plans to deepen the integrating of WhatsApp. having previously fined Facebook 110 million euros for failing to tell them about the ability to combine the data when they examined the deal.

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