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Court in Germany lifted antitrust ban on Facebook data collection

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Court in Germany lifted antitrust ban on Facebook data collection
August 28
13:00 2019

The Düsseldorf Regional Court has lifted the Federal Cartel Office’s ban (Germany) according to which Facebook could not export the users’ personal data from WhatsApp and other third party resources.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Facebook’s victory in this matter is very significant amid the pressure on the company in America and Europe.

In February, the Federal Cartel Office decided that collecting user data from different sites was an abuse of the market position, because Facebook had a large share in the social media segment. The court, which lifted the ban, admitted that the collection of information may violate the data protection rules, but it wasn’t a violation of antitrust laws.

Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office) has already announced that he intends to appeal the decision of the Düsseldorf court in the Supreme Court.

 

The material was prepared with the participation of Katya Wilson,
a leading analyst of the brokerage company UFT Group

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