Europe keeps ramping up the pressure on US Big Tech. The German Bundeskartellamt antitrust agency has now slapped a ban on Facebook from combining user data from various sources.
The agency says “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.”
The ruling includes assigning data from Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as from third-parties, to an account
The social network says it will appeal.
French data watchdog CNIL last month fined Google €50m for breaching European GDPR privacy rules. CNIL called Google’s data gathering methods "particularly massive and intrusive."