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Facebook Can't Gather Users' Data From Other Websites, German Antitrust Office Says

Facebook "was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power," says Andreas Mundt, of Germany's Federal Cartel Office.
Andreas Mundt, president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office, says "Facebook obtains very detailed profiles of its users and knows what they are doing online," by merging data from a number of sources. Mundt announced the anti-trust watchdog's findings in Bonn, Germany, Thursday. Source: Wolfgang Rattay

Germany's antitrust agency is hitting Facebook with "far-reaching restrictions" on the social media network's practice of merging its users' data that was gleaned from WhatsApp, Instagram and millions of third-party websites and apps. The decision can be appealed; if it stands, it would force Facebook to add more ways for its users to protect their privacy.

"In the authority's assessment,

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