German justice orders Facebook to restrict collection of private data

German courts restrict the collection of data by Facebook. REUTERS / Johanna Geron / Illustration

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The highest German court ordered Facebook on June 23 to stop collecting data automatically and without specific agreement from users of these various applications. The judgment was delivered in summary proceedings. The final judgment has yet to be pronounced.


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From our correspondent in Berlin , Pascal Thibaut

There is no doubt about the dominant position of Facebook on the social media market and the use of this dominant position.  The judgment of the federal court clearly confirms the position of the German competition authority which had criticized the American giant for imposing on users unfair terms of automatic collection of their personal data.

Facebook can thus use the data from its various applications such as WhatsApp or Instagram to establish a complete profile of Internet users. The latter in the future - there are 30 million in Germany - will have to give their explicit consent. The digital giant cannot exclude users who refuse to give their authorization.

Facebook reacted to the Federal Court's summary judgment and announced that there will be no change until the substantive judgment has been delivered. But it is unlikely to be any different.

The platform rejects the accusations made against it and considers that it has changed its confidentiality settings enough to make them comply with the European Data Protection Regulations .

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