Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

German regulator bans Facebook from sharing data from WhatsApp, Instagram

German regulator bans Facebook from sharing data from WhatsApp, Instagram

"The combination of data sources substantially contributed to the fact that Facebook was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power", he added.

German authorities ruled Thursday that Facebook should not be allowed to use customer data from other apps and websites to help target advertisements shown on their Facebook pages without their explicit consent, saying it was exploiting its dominant position in social media.

The German regulator noted that it didn't take issue with Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Instagram collecting data.

The FCO has ordered Facebook to terminate its current practices and only collect and combine data gathered from outside Facebook if German-based users have given their "voluntary consent".

In particular, it said users were largely unaware of the amount of data Facebook collected on them from third-party sources, such as buttons or invisible pixels embedded on third-party websites, third-party website logins that accept Facebook credentials, or Facebook's own applications, such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Rather than the FCO, the Irish Data Protection Commission should be overseeing Facebook's use of data as the company's European HQ is based in Dublin, the social network said.

Mundt said: "In view of Facebook's superior market power, an obligatory tick on the box to agree to the company's terms of use is not an adequate basis for such intensive data processing". If Facebook does not comply with the FCO's decision and continues its practices, the FCO can impose penalty payments. "Users are often unaware of this flow of data and can not prevent it if they want to use the services", she told Reuters.

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In a blog post, Facebook claimed that they disagreed with the German court's rulings, upholding that they would appeal so all German citizens could enjoy the full Facebook service.

The agency's boss Andreas Mundt said: 'As a dominant company Facebook is subject to special obligations under competition law.

The competition watchdog's order stems from a roughly three-year investigation.

"We received two complaints against Facebook in relation to the alleged sharing of users" private messages with "partners'", Valerie Lawton, spokeswoman for privacy commissioner's office, said in an email Friday. In future, consumers can prevent Facebook from unrestrictedly collecting and using their data. "Yet the Bundeskartellamt is trying to implement an unconventional standard for a single company", Facebook said.

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new data protection law that entered into force on May 25, 2018.

Vancouver-based online publication The Tyee reported on January 30 on Facebook's dealings with Royal Bank, prompting queries from parliamentarian Charlie Angus to Canada's privacy commissioner at the January 31 committee meeting in Ottawa. The FCO explicitly states that users expect platforms to combine their data to some extent, and this is an essential component of social networks' business models. "In such a hard situation the user's choice can not be referred to as voluntary consent". "Facebook's registration process encouraged participants to 'set it and forget it, ' warning that if a participant disconnected from the monitoring for more than 10 minutes for a few days that they could be disqualified".

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