Facebook abused dominant position, says German watchdog

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”.
https://in.reuters.com/article/facebook-germany-dataprotection/facebook-abused-dominant-position-says-german-watchdog-idINKBN1ED10R
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-germany/facebook-makes-german-marketing-push-as-hate-speech-law-bites-idUKKBN1ED1BW

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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.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/19/facebook-use-of-third-party-apps-violates-data-protection-principles

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