GERMAN COURT DEALS BLOW ON FACEBOOK IN DATA USE CASE
Facebook’s fight against German regulators was dealt a blow Tuesday after a top court agreed with antitrust authorities that the company was abusing its dominant market position in its use of users’ data to better target ads, Alex Beiga and Damian J. Troise reported for Associated Press (AP) late on June 23, 2020.
The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, last year determined Facebook was exploiting its dominance in social media to force users to share data from other Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as third-party websites through the “Like” and “Share” buttons.
It gave Facebook several months to stop collecting data and combining it with Facebook users’ accounts without their consent. Facebook appealed that decision, and a Duesseldorf court ruled it did not have to comply with the regulations until the case had been decided.