UK and EU Watchdogs Scrutinize Facebook data breach


The UK and European competition watchdogs probed Facebook data breach activities and assessing whether it used advertising data to gain unfair advantages over its competitors. 

The competition and market authority is scrutinizing whether it benefits its own services by data breaching, Such as Facebook Marketplace. 

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EU Watchdog investigates Facebook to find out if they have made any violation of EU rules by gathering data from advertisers to compete with them in providing classified ads. 

Facebook has assured full cooperation with UK and European competition. 

Facebook said It would demonstrate that the UK and European investigations are “without merit.”

Facebook uses digital advertising services and its single sign-on option to access data, said CMA. This makes the user able to sign in to other websites, services, and apps using their Facebook ID and Password. 

Facebook data breach activities are being investigated by the watchdogs to assess whether it has unfairly used the data to compete with the Facebook marketplace users including people and businesses. Because firms and users put up classified adverts in the Facebook marketplace to sell them, as well as Facebook Dating which was launched in Europe last year. 

EU Antitrust Investigation

The European Commission announced the launch of an antitrust investigation “to assess whether Facebook violated EU competition data gathered in particular from advertisers in order to compete with them in markets where Facebook is active such as classified ads.”

It said: “The formal investigation will also assess whether Facebook ties its online classified ads service “Facebook marketplace” to its social network, in breach of EU competition rules.”

Facebook said, “It’s Marketplace and dating offer people more choices, both products operate in a highly competitive environment with many large incumbents.”

The CMA and the European Commission said they will fully cooperate with each other as their “independent investigations develop.”

Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA added: “We intend to thoroughly investigate Facebook’s use of data to assess whether its business practices are giving it an unfair advantage in the online dating and classifieds ads sector.”

“Any such advantage can make it harder for competing firms to succeed, including new and smaller businesses, and may reduce customer choice.”

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s first competition scrutinizing Facebook which is the world’s largest social network is the latest fight with US tech giants. 

Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager has already fined Google more than €8bn (£6.8bn), and currently investigating Amazon and Apple. 

“In today’s digital economy, data should not be used in ways that distort competition, Ms. Vesager said.”

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James Robert is a journalist who covers all the social media and tech-related news for SG-educate, the world's largest multimedia news agency. He reports on tech from all over the world, focusing mostly on social media platforms. He has worked as a digital editor and online coverage of global breaking news on tech and big stories, reaching millions of readers across multiple platforms.

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