Google News Showcase, Use of Personal Data Being Investigated by Germany's Federal Cartel Office

Amazon, Apple, Meta also on Federal Cartel Office’s radar.

Google News Showcase, Use of Personal Data Being Investigated by Germany's Federal Cartel Office

The office began looking at Google's use of personal data in May last year

Highlights
  • Google's owner Alphabet met the scale threshold required
  • The Federal Cartel Office can now tackle concrete forms of behaviour
  • Federal Cartel Office was considering further cases involving Amazon

Germany's Federal Cartel Office said it was examining Google's use of personal data and its Google News Showcase product under its new powers to regulate internet companies, and was also considering cases involving Amazon, Apple, and Facebook owner Meta.

The regulator said on Wednesday it had determined that Google's owner Alphabet met the scale threshold required for a company to be subject to new extended supervisory powers to regulate large Internet companies that it acquired last year.

"The Federal Cartel Office can now tackle concrete forms of behaviour that harm competition," office president Andreas Mundt said. "We have already started looking more intensively at Google's processing of personal data and the topic of Google News Showcase."

He added that Federal Cartel Office was also considering further cases involving Amazon, Apple, and Facebook owner Meta.

The office began looking at Google's use of personal data in May last year and at the selection of news offered under Google News Showcase in June.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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