Germany’s competition watchdog has found that Facebook abused its dominant market position, challenging the U.S. social network’s model of monetising the personal data of its 2 billion users worldwide through targeted advertising.
Presenting preliminary findings of its 20-month-old probe, the Federal Cartel Office said Facebook held a dominant position among social networks – a characterisation the company dismissed as “inaccurate”.
Facebook use of third-party apps 'violates data protection principles'
Germany’s competition authority has accused Facebook of abusing its dominant market position to improperly amass third-party data on its users.
A statement released on Tuesday criticised the world’s largest social media site for collecting data via Facebook-owned services, such as WhatsApp or Instagram, and then absorbing it into users’ Facebook accounts.