Germany Limits Facebook’s Data Collection and Processing, Refers to GDPR

February 15, 2019

On February 6, 2019, the German antitrust agency, the Federal Cartel Office, imposed limitations on Facebook’s current practice of collecting and processing user data and prohibited using the related terms of service.

After an almost three-year long investigation, the FCO found that some of Facebook’s business practices amounted to an abuse of a dominant position.  For the first time, the FCO based its abuse-of-dominance analysis also on whether the dominant company complied with the GDPR – throwing compliance with the GDPR into their competition law assessment.

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