Big Tech regulation

U.K. Parliament report calls for Facebook regulation

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The U.K. Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has been investigating online disinformation, said in its final report issued on Sunday that Facebook "knowingly" violated the law and called for increased regulation of the tech giant.

What they're saying: "The big tech companies must not be allowed to expand exponentially, without constraint or proper regulatory oversight," the committee said. "But only governments and the law are powerful enough to contain them."

Germany tells Facebook to curb data gathering

Andreas Mundt, the president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office, speaks during a press conference on Facebook. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/AFP/Getty Images

Germany's competition regulator moved Thursday to ban Facebook from collecting certain types of consumer data without users' consent within the country, saying its data gathering was an "abuse" of its market power.

Why it matters: The decision isn't final but nonetheless represents the first major antitrust action against the social giant. It shows how questions about Facebook's dominance are tied to concerns about its users' privacy.

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