Facebook must comply with German data protection law, court rules

Facebook has to comply with German data protection law, the Higher Court of Berlin ruled in a decision that directly contradicted an earlier decision by another court.The Berlin court confirmed a 2012 verdict that found that Facebook’s Friend Finder violated German law because it was unclear to users that they imported their entire address book into the social network when using it.The court also confirmed that several clauses of Facebook’s privacy policy and terms of service violate German law.The assertion by the court that the social networking company was bound by German data protection law is being seen as an important victory by consumer groups. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), which brought the case, was particularly pleased with the court’s decision that Facebook has to comply with German data protection laws, said Carola Elbrecht, VZBV’s project manager for consumer rights in the digital world, on Tuesday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Continue reading at 'PC World'

[ PC World | 2014-02-18 00:00:00 UTC ]
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