German Antitrust Watchdog Curbs Facebook's Data Collection

Law360 (February 7, 2019, 4:49 PM EST) -- Germany’s competition watchdog ordered Facebook on Thursday to make fundamental changes to the way it collects users’ data in a first-of-its-kind ruling that takes aim at the company's business model for sending targeted advertisements.

In a landmark decision that comes as European Union privacy regulators are already probing whether the company is in breach of the bloc’s new data protection regime, the Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, opened a new regulatory frontier by accusing Facebook of abusing its market power by forcing users to agree to nearly limitless data collection in order to use the service.

The watchdog said it hopes...

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