German court strikes down Apple’s customer data-privacy rules

“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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10 Comments

      1. Well, we don’t really know.

        The Founding Fathers tossed out the Articles of Confederation to create a more centralized (and more powerful) Federal government.

        And they did this without input/support of the various states citizens who voted them into their representative positions. A lot of people were disappointed and mighty peeved at what they did.

  1. If Apple’s customer data privacy rules are being struck down in Germany, then that would seem to bode ill for most other countries, such as Google.

    Frankly, I consider Apple’s approach to be much more customer-friendly and responsive to my desires for privacy protection than the approaches of its competitors. I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for the protection that Google offers.

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