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Does Facebook's Victory Hide Risks to User Data?

Earlier in the week, the Düsseldorf Superior Court issued a provisional 37 page ruling against the German Federal Bureau of Cartel. That decision was about whether or not Facebook should combine them data users from various sources.

These sources now include WhatsApp, Instagram, obviously Facebook itself, and some even different ones sites using the analyzes and the software of Facebook.


But let's see how it all started. Last February, German authorities said Facebook could combine data if users licensed the company itself. This was something that the Facebook team did not find agreeable with and addressed the Düsseldorf District Judges.

The German authorities' moves on how much data and how companies are used to dominate the market are considered pioneering legal projects. The plan to split Facebook's data collection capabilities internally is perhaps considered one of the most effective ways to limit a large company social media.

However, the district court in Düsseldorf took it differently, doubting whether the processing of data violates monopoly law. So the German federal agency Cartel did not execute the February decision as it waited for that decision. This means that Facebook can continue to collect data whenever it wants, until all decisions are made, which may take years.


According to Rupprecht Podszun, a law professor at the university Heinrich Heine in Düsseldorf, judges must remain neutral as they are bound by laws. In this case, the judges simply did not find the arguments of the Office sufficiently convincing. Which is actually a win for Facebook.

According to the head of the German federal agency Cartel, data is the market power in the digital economy. He also said that there was a need to clarify some key legal issues for which they would be referred to the Supreme Court of Germany. The chance of winning the office is still there. But it will take years, too technology it will have progressed and the law is too slow to act immediately.


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