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The German court suspends restrictions on the Facebook data collection

FILE PHOTO: A 3-D-printed with Facebook logo is seen in front of binary code in this picture illustration, the 18th of June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German court Monday temporarily suspended in February, and a decision by the cartel office ordered Facebook (FB.D) to reduce the data collection practices in Germany.

“The suspension of the order means that Facebook does not have to implement the decision of the German federal cartel office for the time being,” the higher regional court in Düsseldorf, said in the statement.

Facebook said that the decision by the German federal cartel office, which is the world’s largest social network, misused its dominant position in the market, in order to collect information about users without their informed consent. It ordered Facebook to curb the collection of data.

Facebook declined to comment on the decision of the district court. The cartel office said it would issue a statement on the decision later on Tuesday.

As the court said in its interim decision to remove the restrictions on Facebook, the collection of data, which is valid until a final decision on the appeal.

In germany, where privacy is deeply to be at the forefront of a global backlash against Facebook, inspired by last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which tens of millions of Facebook profiles have been collected, without the user’s permission.

In a February decision, the anti-trust watchdog, objected in particular to see how Facebook’s pools of data about individuals from third-party apps, including its own WhatsApp and Instagram, and can also be followed online by people who don’t agree with the members by means of Facebook “like” or “share” buttons.

Last month, Facebook said that it will improve and ensure the data of the user as part of a settlement agreement to resolve a U.S. government probe into its privacy practices, which has resulted in a $5 billion fine.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Riham Alkousaa,; Editing by Tassilo Hummel, and Louise Heavens

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