Apple data sharing violates privacy laws rules German court

A Berlin Regional Court has today ruled that Apple’s policy on sharing customer data violates privacy laws.


The court has ruled that Apple cannot request or claim “global consent” for use of a customers  data, without informing customers of how and where the data will be used. As a result, Apple will no longer be able to use German users’ data to “promote location-based services and products”.

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. German law allows recognized consumer groups to sue companies over illegal terms and conditions.

Apple asked customers in the terms for “global consent” to use their data, while German law requires that clients know in detail what data is used for what purpose, VZBV said. Apple also may not ask for permission to use names, addresses and phone numbers of users’ contacts.

In a statement, VZBV chairmen Gerd Billen said that the ruling “shows the high importance of data protection for consumers in a digital world”.


Via: 9to5 Mac

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