Germany’s Federal Cartel Office plans to prohibit Facebook from the collection of user data from third parties, The Washington Post reports. The decision would block Facebook from any data it would obtain from “Like” buttons found on outside websites. Data would no longer be shared between WhatsApp and Instagram should the agency follow through with the ban. Concerns have manifested in Germany as to whether users understood Facebook’s data-collection practices when they signed up for the tech company’s platforms. Germany had already started its investigation into Facebook’s relationship with third parties in March 2016, before the Cambridge Analytica situation came to light. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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