Facebook relieved from German Cartel Office decision

Monday, 26. August 2019 14:27

Facebook Inc. will not have to implement the decision of the German Cartel Office, which prohibited the world's most powerful social platform from combining data from various sources without users' consent, according to a press release from the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court on Monday.

"Even if the contested data breached data protection rules, that would not be an infringement of competition law at the same time," the press release read, adding that the company "does not initially have to implement the decision of the Federal Cartel Office." The statement further added that a trial date is yet to be set.

The country's antitrust authority ordered Facebook back in February to stop requiring members to engage in data collection when agreeing to its terms of service, claiming that such practice puts the company at an advantageous market position. The social media giant said at the time that it plans to challenge the decision via a process that could take years and would set a precedent when it comes to linking data protection with competition oversight.

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