Facebook under fire in France and Germany

The Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, believes that Facebook is abusing its dominant position by forcing consumers to provide data, even if they use third party applications with Facebook integration. Facebook would not ask permission for this. It is a preliminary judgment, to which Facebook may still respond

The Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, believes that Facebook is abusing its dominant position by forcing consumers to provide data, even if they use third party applications with Facebook integration. Facebook would not ask permission for this.

It is a preliminary judgment, to which Facebook may still respond. He has since indicated that the German competition authority paints an 'incorrect picture' of the alleged market dominance.

In France, Facebook has been patronized by the CNIL regulator. That forbids WhatsApp and Facebook to share data with each other. That division must be discontinued within a month. Here too, Facebook would not have asked permission for the use of the data.

That data sharing was previously the concern of the Article 29 working group, a collection of privacy supervisors from EU countries. Facebook temporarily stopped the exchange in Europe in 2016.