EU investigates Facebook even more over data collection

EU investigates Facebook even more over data collection

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EU antitrust regulators are investigating how Facebook collects and monetizes its data, opening a second probe into the social media giant’s online marketplace.

The European Commission, which oversees antitrust issues for the European Union, said it had sent out questionnaires as part of preliminary investigations into both Facebook and Google’s data. Regulators are concerned about the massive amount of data held by tech giants and how they may leverage this to block competitors and expand.

“These investigations concern the way data is gathered processed used and monetized, including for advertising purposes. The preliminary investigations are ongoing,” said an EC spokesperson in a statement.

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A questionnaire showed that the Commission is looking into Facebook’s application programming interface (API), which allows app developers to access data or functionalities on its platform and its photo-sharing site Instagram and software components to interact, Reuters reports. Regulators wanted to know details of the contracts allowing companies access to Facebook’s APIs and the impact on companies if they were not allowed to use such data.

The questionnaire asked whether there were any restrictions or conditions on Facebook’s use of data provided by the companies in return for access to its APIs. Data for marketing and advertising services was also in focus.

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