Facebook Owner Meta Criticises German Antitrust Order to Curb Data Collection, Calls it ‘Clearly Flawed’

Meta Platforms, proprietor of Fb, on Tuesday criticized a landmark German antitrust order to curb its knowledge assortment as ‘clearly flawed’ and which undermines EU knowledge safety guidelines.

Meta’s criticism of the German antitrust watchdog got here after the latter in 2019 stated the world’s largest social community had abused its market energy by accumulating customers’ knowledge with out their consent and ordered it to cease.

The competitors enforcer stated the info harvest included customers’ searching habits after they visited an internet site with a Fb ‘like’ button on it – even when an web surfer did not click on on that button.

The case underscores the mounting regulatory scrutiny worldwide of US tech giants and measures to rein of their energy.

Within the German case, nevertheless, the problem can also be whether or not the watchdog exceeded its authority through the use of its antitrust energy to handle knowledge safety issues.

Meta challenged the choice at a German courtroom which later sought steerage from the Courtroom of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The German antitrust order was “clearly flawed” with its “far reaching restriction on Fb’s knowledge processing”, Meta lawyer Hans-Georg Kamann informed the panel of 15 judges.

He criticized the German watchdog for not cooperating with the Irish knowledge safety regulator which supervises Fb as a result of its European headquarters is in Eire.

“The Bundeskartellamt has brazenly undermined the substantive and procedural necessities of GDPR (Basic Knowledge Safety Regulation) legislation,” Kamann stated.

Joerg Nothdurft, lawyer for the German watchdog, dismissed the criticism, saying there had been contact with knowledge safety regulators.

The German authorities defended the antitrust choice, saying that it was crucial for the competitors enforcer to make knowledge safety evaluation as a part of its investigation as on-line marketplaces use customers’ knowledge to achieve market energy.

The German order “serves the target of defending free competitors” and was not about knowledge safety, its lawyer Philipp Krueger stated.

The case is C-252/21 Meta Platforms and others.


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