Meta’s VR headset users will not require a Facebook or Instagram account

Users in Germany will be able to access Meta’s VR headsets without a Facebook or Instagram account.

Meta reached an amicable solution with Bundeskartellamt, the German national competition regulatory agency, allowing users to access its VR headsets through a separate Meta account. In 2020, Bundeskartellamt initiated a proceeding against Meta, which was found to be a company of paramount importance across markets, concerning its condition to require German users of Oculus VR headsets to access those only via a Facebook or Instagram account. However, the proceedings are still ongoing about whether and how data is processed when different Meta services are combined. Until the proceedings are concluded, data from VR headsets will be kept separately from data collected from other Mets services.