The German Competition Authority prohibits a social network company in dominant position from combining its user data from different sources (Facebook)

Bundeskartellamt / Digital Economy Bundeskartellamt prohibits Facebook from combining user data from different sources* Bonn, 7 February 2019: The Bundeskartellamt has imposed on Facebook far-reaching restrictions in the processing of user data. According to Facebook's terms and conditions users have so far only been able to use the social network under the precondition that Facebook can collect user data also outside of the Facebook website in the internet or on smartphone apps and assign these data to the user’s Facebook account. All data collected on the Facebook website, by Facebook-owned services such as e.g. WhatsApp and Instagram and on third party websites can be combined and assigned to the Facebook user account. The authority’s decision covers different data sources: (i)

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German Competition Authority, The German Competition Authority prohibits a social network company in dominant position from combining its user data from different sources (Facebook), 6 February 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2019, Art. N° 89221

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