Facebook on collision course with German antitrust cops


3D-printed models of people are seen in front of a Facebook logo in this photo illustration taken June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

BRUSSELS: Facebook Inc is on a collision course with one of Europe’s most powerful regulators as Germany’s Federal Cartel Office attacked the way the social network giant scoops up information on how users surf to drive its advertising revenue.

Users are unaware that Facebook – seen as Germany’s dominant social network – gathered data on how they visited other websites and didn’t appear to consent to how that data is used, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO), or Bundeskartellamt, said in an e-mail statement.

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