Antitrust regulators FRG – Federal office for cartels – Facebook suspects in the misuse of the data of German users. About it reports DW.
Facebook is the most popular social network in Germany, and she is abusing their position, demanding from the Germans consent to unlimited collect data from third party sources and reduce them to data collected by the social network, in exchange for the opportunity to become a member, said in a statement.
Such third sources are as the WhatsApp messenger or application for sharing photos and videos Instagram, which is owned by Facebook and web page and mobile apps are other owners associated with the social network.
“Facebook collects and processes data from web pages that the user navigates with the social network, even if he presses the button “I like”, – said the head of the Federal office for cartels Andreas Mundt. The scope and methods of data collection violate the European norms in this field.
According to authorities, the Facebook as the dominant company should consider that users have no real alternative. By registering, the user has the choice to accept the terms of Facebook, or to abandon the use of the social network. In such conditions it is impossible to say that a Facebook user gives valid consent to the collection and processing of data in that volume in which they occur, said the German regulator.
Currently, the Department conducts an administrative investigation against Facebook. The decision is not expected until the summer of 2018.
Earlier it was reported that the Spanish authorities have imposed on Facebook to a fine of 1.2 million euros for the use of personal data for advertising purposes.