Feb 7, 2019

Facebook ordered by Germany to gather less data

Collecting data from third-party websites and assigning it to a Facebook user's account is likewise only allowed if that member has given the firm permission. Facebook claims the Federal Cartel Office has overstepped the mark by pursuing a data privacy matter that Facebook says falls under the remit of another regulator. The FCO's justification for the case is that it believes Facebook abused its market dominance to gather the data. "In future, Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to the practically unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data to their Facebook user accounts," explained Andreas Mundt, the FCO's president. The company runs a scheme called the Facebook Pixel, which adds code to a third-party site to let its owners track whether ads run on Facebook converted the people who saw them into buyers.

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