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German Watchdog to Monitor Facebook and Some Rules for the Giant





A newspaper report on Sunday said that Germany’s antitrust watchdog has plans to order Facebook to stop gathering some amount of user data. The Federal Cartel Office, which has been investigating Facebook since 2015 regarding data security and privacy concerns, has found that the social media giant has abused its market dominance in order to gather data of people without their knowledge or consent.

The Bild am Sonntag newspaper said the watchdog would present the US company along with its ruling on what action needs to be taken in the next few weeks to reduce the damage caused. 

A Facebook spokeswoman said the company doesn’t agree with the watchdog’s findings and has continued to defend their position.

The investigation has been closely monitored amid mounting concerns in regards to data leaks of tens of millions of Facebook users, in addition, this media was also being accused of being used by foreign powers which sought to influence the United States elections.

The German watchdog, in particular, objected how Facebook acquired data of people from third-party apps, and this included its own WhatsApp and Instagram services in addition to games and websites, which consequently tracked people who were not members.

The paper also went on to say that it is still not clear how strictly Facebook will comply with the German order, and also noted that the watchdog looks likely it will set a deadline for compliance instead of insisting on immediate action.

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