Facebook may collect user data in Germany for the time being. The judge has reversed a decision of the German cartel watchdog on the data policy of the social media giant.
The German federal cartel agency Bundeskartellamt published a ruling in February this year in which it ordered Facebook to stop linking data between Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, and to track users across multiple web pages. Facebook appealed because the company believes it is getting more than enough competition from websites such as Snapchat and YouTube, and is therefore not dominant in its niche.
Facebook now receives temporary respite from the court in the German city of Dusseldorf, but it will only make a final decision on the case at a later date, Reuters writes. Until then, the company does not have to meet the requirements of the cartel watchdog.