In the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, Germany ruled on Thursday that Facebook needs to end their data collection practices. They say that Facebook abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.
Germany is known for having strict privacy regulations. After the data leak when millions of Facebook profiles were harvested without their users’ consent, they needed to take action. Their privacy team had major issues with Facebook pooling data on people from third-party apps.
Federal Cartel Office Chief Andreas Mundt had this to say, “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 accounts.”
German Justice Minister Katarina Barley stated, “Users are often unaware of this flow of data and cannot prevent it if they want to use the services. We need to be rigorous in tackling the abuse of power that comes with data.”
Facebook intents to appeal so that Germany can continue to utilize their services.
For the full article from Reuters and the implications of Germany’s ruling on Facebook, go here