The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf suspended an order from the German Federal Cartel Office over Facebook’s data collection practices, The Wall Street Journal reports. The office ordered Facebook to stop gathering user data across its platforms, such as Instagram and WhatsApp. The court ruled it has “serious doubts” about whether the office’s decisions had any legal basis. “Even if the contested data breached data-protection rules, that would not be an infringement of competition law at the same time,” the court said. The cartel office plans to appeal the court’s decision. Meanwhile, the Hamburg data protection authority announced it has launched an investigation into Facebook over the tech company transcribing users’ audio recordings. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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