Germany’s competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has placed restrictions on Facebook’s data-processing activities. Facebook will only be allowed to combine data collected from WhatsApp, Instragram and other third parties with Facebook should they receive "voluntary" consent from users. The Bundeskartellamt has given Facebook the opportunity to develop solutions to address the issue. However, Facebook disagrees with the regulator's decision, writing in a blog post, “While we’ve cooperated with the Bundeskartellamt for nearly three years and will continue our discussions, we disagree with their conclusions and intend to appeal so that people in Germany continue to benefit fully from all our services.”
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