“Apple Inc., already facing a U.S. privacy lawsuit over its information-sharing practices, was told by a German court to change its rules for handling customer data,” Karin Matussek reports for Bloomberg News.
“A Berlin court struck down eight of 15 provisions in Apple’s general data-use terms because they deviate too much from German laws, a consumer group [Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV)] said in a statement on its website today,” Matussek reports. “The court said Apple can’t ask for ‘global consent’ to use customer data or use information on the locations of customers.”
Matussek reports, “The ruling, which only applies to Germany, can be appealed… Apple had already signed a binding declaration that it wouldn’t use seven of the 15 clauses VZBV had objected to before the German suit was filed, the consumer group said. The remaining eight provisions were invalidated by today’s ruling, VZBV said.”
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