We need clarity on regulatory jurisdiction before goals of market fair play clash with those of user privacy
The decision of the German Federal Cartel Office in 2019 that Facebook’s data collection practices were an exploitative abuse of market power was based on its finding that the data-gathering processes in question were illegal under Europe‘s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Last week, the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf set aside this order, stating that questions of whether or not there had been a violation of the GDPR must be decided by the European Court of Justice, and not the German competition authority.
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