According to Market Watch, “The supreme court of the European Union has been drawn into a German battle over whether Facebook’s broad collection of user data is in breach of competition rules, in a landmark challenge threatening the viability of the
June 9, 2021
According to Market Watch, “The supreme court of the European Union has been drawn into a German battle over whether Facebook’s broad collection of user data is in breach of competition rules, in a landmark challenge threatening the viability of the technology giant’s business model.” Facebook and other Big Tech companies have been in the news in recent years for their data collection practices. Some big tech companies are notorious for their less than up front policies on data collection. Because of this, millions have been part of mass scale data collection without their knowledge.
The New York Times stated that “Facebook tracks both its users and nonusers on other sites and apps. It collects biometric facial data without users’ explicit “opt-in” consent.” When this knowledge was made public, millions of users felt betrayed by the platform they loved so much. Millions did not know that connecting with friends and loved ones would lead to a loss of their privacy and personal information.
Market Watch commented that many within the EU court had serious questions for Facebook. ‘“The question of whether Facebook is abusing its dominant position…because it collects and uses the data of its users in violation of the GDPR cannot be decided without referring to the ECJ,” said the court, chaired by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kühnen, in a written statement that has been translated.” The verdict of this EU court ruling has yet to be decided. Whatever the verdict may be billions of Facebook users’ data hangs in the balance until then. According to Statistica, Facebook has nearly 2.6 billion users ranging from ages of 13-100+.
Market Watch also informed that “The regulator said at the time that the social media giant abused its market position by harvesting user data across its platforms, including WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as from third-party services. Facebook was given a year to seek users’ consent for the company to combine personal data across platforms.” Many users do not know that their privacy concerns should span across their data usage and not just their usage on Facebook. Market Watch continued to comment that “The social media giant appealed, and the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf suspended the Bundeskartellamt’s order. The regulator appealed to the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, a higher body, which then overruled the Düsseldorf court’s decision in June 2020 and reinstated the order until the case was settled.” Still, the world watches to see what will happen to Facebook.
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