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The agency said Facebook had exploited its dominant position in Germany by presenting people with an all-or-nothing choice: submit to unlimited data collection by the company or simply not use the service. The practice, the agency said, had enabled Facebook to collect data about its users’ activities on millions of other websites, helping the social network become a worldwide powerhouse of personalized advertising.The competition regulator ruled that Facebook would now have to obtain users’ permission before merging data from other sites. The company is also prohibited from combining information from users’ Facebook accounts with data from their accounts on Facebook-owned services like Instagram and What’s App without the users’ permission.“In future, Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to the practically unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data to their Facebook user accounts,” Andreas Mundt, president of the competition authority, the Federal Cartel Office, said in a statement on Thursday.“The combination of data sources,” the cartel authority said, “substantially contributed to the fact that Facebook was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power.”
Facebook will no longer read and translate the tattoos on your genital selfys.