Facebook will have new restrictions in Germany. This time they come from the German Antitrust Authority which has established that the Zuckerberg colossus requires explicit consent whenever it collects data from other sites or apps. A rule that holds even if the information comes from systems associated with a social network, such as Instagram or WhatsApp. The decision will not be operational immediately, because the company will have one month to appeal.

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“In the future, it will no longer be possible for Facebook to force its subscribers to consent to data collection with virtually no restrictions,” commented Andreas Mundt, President of the German Antitrust Authority. But from the social network they let them know that they will proceed with an appeal: “We do not agree,” comments the company, “in Germany they misinterpreted our compliance with the laws of privacy”.

For years the German Antitrust has been reporting problems. In particular, under investigation, the data collected by the social network on other sites, through, for example, the “like” button also in foreign platforms and not referable to Facebook.

If the Antitrust decision is confirmed, within one year the company will have to revise its data collection rules. Change that could have repercussions also on users outside the German borders.