(ii) Collecting data from third party websites and assigning them to a Facebook user account will also only be possible if users give their voluntary consent.
However, assigning the data to Facebook user accounts will only be possible subject to the users' voluntary consent.
After the preliminary assessment, in February 2019 the German competition authority went on to forbid Facebook from gathering information in this way without voluntary permission from users: (i) Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Instagram can continue to collect data.
If a third-party website has embedded Facebook code for things such as the 'like' button or a 'Facebook login' option, or uses analytical services such as 'Facebook Analytics', data will be transmitted to Facebook via APIs when a user calls up that third party's website for the first time.
If consent is not given for data from Facebook-owned services and third party websites, Facebook will have to substantially restrict its collection and combining of data.
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