Germany’s Federal Cartel Office on Wednesday welcomed the move by Facebook’s Meta owner to give users greater influence over how their personal data is used across different platforms. like WhatsApp and Instagram.
The so-called “Account Center” will allow users “to make a largely free and informed first-time decision as to whether they want to use Meta’s services separately or in combination” , the Office said. liberate, release, free.
The watchdog, which has been locked for a long time with Meta over privacy and antitrust issues, hailed the move as “an important step”.
In 2019, the Federal Cartel Office ordered Meta, then still known as Facebook, to stop consolidating user data collected through its subsidiaries and other websites, unless users consented to it. idea.
The social media giant protested the decision, sparking a legal battle that ended in the European Court of Justice. The CJEU is expected to make its decision next month.
Tech giants Amazon, Apple and Google, the parent company of Google, are also under closer scrutiny due to the new German law.
Germany’s competition law, which takes effect in 2021, gives the Federal Cartel Office more powers to crack down on anticompetitive behavior by tech giants.