On Friday, the German government blamed one of the most popular social networks for abusing popularity and collecting information about users without their consent. Facebook has also been accused of abusing a dominant position in the global marketplace, NBC News reports. Today, Germany’s cyber defense works with errors, as news of hacker attacks on users and officials appear regularly. Politicians are trying to fix this situation. The scandal began last year, when millions of Facebook accounts were collected without user consent.
The defendant’s main office denies all charges, including online surveillance of users.
“As one of the most popular social networks in the world, we care about the privacy of all our users. We do not agree with the decisions of German officials as we always act within the law. To prove this, we will appeal. Users from Germany will be able to use Facebook in full, again, "Facebook representatives said.
Later, the cartel office announced that Facebook would only be able to assign users' data from Instagram and WhatsApp, if they agree. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network must also get user consent, if it’s going to use their data from other sites. Without fulfilling these conditions, Facebook will have to reduce data collection.
"Facebook must meet these conditions within 12 months," the regulator said.
The cartel office can also impose a penalty - up to 10% of Facebook's annual global revenues, which increased to $ 55.5 billion in 2018.
“I agree with the court’s decision, as we must protect users. They don’t always know how their data can be used by the company,” Katarina Barley (German Justice Minister) told NBC News.
“This is a clear case of abuse of power and market dominance,” Barley added.
The Cartel Office also said, 20+ million users from Germany use Facebook every year and Google+ is Mark Zuckerberg's main competitor. Pinterest and YouTube are popular among German users, too.
"We are closely following the work of all popular networks, including Facebook, and will not allow them to use data of users," The European Commission said.
Facebook representatives said the company never violated user privacy.
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