Facebook must comply with an order by Germany's antitrust watchdog to curb data collection from users, a top German court ruled today, in a setback for the US social network company that could set a wider precedent.
The cartel office had objected to how Facebook pools data on people from third-party apps - including its own WhatsApp and Instagram - and online tracking of people who do not have accounts via Facebook "like" or "share" buttons.
"The main proceedings, before the court of appeals, are ongoing and we will continue to defend our position that there is no antitrust abuse", the company said in a statement.
What they're saying: "Today's decision relates to the preliminary proceedings on the Court's stay order", Facebook said in a statement on Tuesday.
Facebook said at the time it disagreed with the decision, arguing the German anti-trust body was setting rules that applied "to only one company" and that it underestimated the competition it faced from rivals.
The FCO however found that Facebook was by far the biggest social network in Germany, with over 23 million daily active users representing 95 percent of the market.
Facebook lodged an appeal against the FCO ruling with the higher regional court in Duesseldorf that is ongoing.
But Tuesday's fast-tracked decision at the BGH was aimed at settling a row about whether Facebook can keep combining data in the meantime.
The battle between Facebook and German regulators has been drawing large attention in the industry, seen as an unprecedented attempt to rein in digital giants.
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