Germany: restricting Facebook data gathering

Decision challenges Facebook's practice of forcing users to agree to data gathering.

Germany’s competition authority (the Bundeskartellamt) has ruled that Facebook cannot continue to gather personal data across platforms and websites. Facebook users have no choice other than to agree to the company’s data gathering terms which involves combining data from its own services and from other sites via Like and Share activities.

Germany wants to see users give active consent to this type of data gathering.

Unsurprisingly, Facebook isn’t too happy about the decision.  

Further reading via: The New York Times; Endgadget