Germany appears to restrict Facebook’s data collection
Only last month, it emerged that various third party companies – like Netflix, Spotify and Apple – were given access to huge swathes of Facebook’s user data, and could even “read, write, and delete users’ private messages”. Last year too, we reported on how the Facebook-owned WhatsApp was sharing user’s payment information with its parent company.
According the Bild am Sonntag, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office looking to call a halt to a few of Facebook’s data collection, primarily with regards to third-party apps.
Facebook accounts often integrate with a range of new services – say, when setting up a Bumble or Spotify profile – and the way data is shared between those services isn’t always clear to the average user.
Did I agree to that?
German regulators are expected to give Facebook a few sort of timeframe to implement the changes. Facebook are presently denying any overreach with its data collection, though with the spectre of a €10 million fine for failure to comply, their resistance may not last that long. (That’s around £9m, £11.5m, or AU$11.5m with current exchange rates.)
Data privacy is proving an increasingly thorny issue in the wake of GDPR – the EU’s new legal guidelines for data privacy – which has forced media companies to explicate what data it’s collecting from users, and give them the chance to refuse.