The social network must not use Instagram and WhatsApp data if it has not received direct permission from users. The ban comes from the German agency for the protection of competition in the market, Bundeskartellamt.
In particular, the regulator considered two parts. The first conclusion is that WhatsApp and Instagram can collect data. It is further stated that these data must not be combined with the user's Facebook data without permission from the user. The same is true for combining data from users from any other services. Additionally, usually ticking as a data sharing permit will not be enough.
This applies only to Germany, although it seems unlikely that soon the practice will not spill out of Germany, the BBC says.
The social network immediately appealed this decision. Facebook says the decision comes from an unauthorized agency, given that they do not have a monopoly. They reiterated that they have competition in YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter. Adding that 40% of social network users in Germany do not use Facebook.
Of course, all this was followed by the explanations that these data are key to improving the platforms and for greater customer safety. Although he did not write in his blog, probably the main reason for collecting us all data is the ads and of course to present data on the relevance of advertising on the social network