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Facebook’s Abuse Investigation in Germany and Some Thoughts on Cooperation Between Antitrust and Data Protection Authorities

BY | February 25, 2019

By Peter Stauber –  On February 7, 2019, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) concluded its investigation into Facebook for abusing its market dominant position by means of its terms…

By Peter Stauber – 

On February 7, 2019, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) concluded its investigation into Facebook for abusing its market dominant position by means of its terms of service governing the scope of its data collection practices. As a result, the FCO ordered Facebook to undertake significant changes to the terms of services applying to users based in Germany. More precisely, Facebook is required to grant users a real choice whether to consent to the collectio

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