Fb in EU antitrust crosshairs over knowledge assortment

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FILE PHOTO: The Fb software is seen on a cellphone display August three, 2017. Information/Thomas White/File Photograph

BRUSSELS (Information) – EU antitrust regulators are investigating how Fb collects and monetizes its knowledge, the European Fee stated on Monday, opening a second entrance on prime of an current probe into the social media large’s on-line market.

The EU government stated it had despatched out questionnaires as a part of preliminary investigations into each Fb and Google’s knowledge.

The transfer underlines regulators’ issues concerning the huge quantity of information held by tech giants and the way they could leverage this to dam opponents and broaden into new sectors.

“These investigations concern the way in which knowledge is gathered, processed, used and monetized together with for promoting functions,” the EU competitors enforcer stated, with out offering particulars.

Fb didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

A questionnaire seen by Information confirmed the Fee zooming in on Fb’s software programming interface (API) that permits app builders to entry knowledge or functionalities on its platform and its photo-sharing web site Instagram and software program parts to work together.

Knowledge for advertising and marketing and promoting companies was additionally in focus.

Regulators needed to know particulars of the contracts permitting corporations entry to Fb’s APIs and the impression on corporations in the event that they weren’t allowed to make use of such knowledge.

The questionnaire requested whether or not there have been any restrictions or situations on Fb’s use of information offered by the businesses in return for entry to its APIs, and if Fb curbs entry and the explanation for it.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Enhancing by Alex Richardson