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GERMANY—Facebook "Friend Finder" functions violate German privacy rules

Several functions of the social network Facebook have been under scrutiny by German data protection authorities for some time. Now, a first judgement has been issued: In its decision dated 6 March, the Regional Court of Berlin held that certain Facebook “Friend Finder” functions, which have been amended meanwhile, shall violate the Federal Data Protection Act and the German Act Against Unfair Competition.

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