Facebook has a unique positioning in the digital market, which is based entirely on the collecting of user data. Currently, users have only one option: accepting the terms and conditions imposed by Facebook or being excluded from the social network entirely. After almost three years of investigation, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) found that the social network’s practices violate competition law and data protection principles. Specifically, the FCO held that Facebook abused its dominant market position by collecting and combining vast amounts of user data on the German market without giving its users the possibility to object. Our team goes into depth about what you need to know about the findings of the Facebook decision in our client alert.