Facebook Ruling Gives Antitrust Weight To Data Privacy

Law360 (February 8, 2019, 9:42 PM EST) -- Germany's ruling ordering Facebook to change how it collects user data is a novel recognition of data's competitive weight in today's digital economy, and could spur antitrust and data protection watchdogs to team up to scrutinize the way tech giants do business, attorneys say.

Thursday's order from Germany's antitrust authority describes a clear link between the social network's immense market power and its backing of users into a privacy corner in which they have to either agree to being tracked across the web or lose access to Facebook.

The burgeoning legal battle on the issue could usher in an era of...

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