12 Feb '18, 2pm

German court rules #Facebook use of personal data is illegal

BERLIN (REUTERS) - A German consumer rights group said on Monday (Feb 12) that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the US social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users. The verdict, from a Berlin regional court, comes as Big Tech faces increasing scrutiny in Germany over its handling of sensitive personal data that enables it to micro-target online advertising. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) said that Facebook's default settings and some of its terms of service were in breach of consumer law, and that the court had found parts of the consent to data usage to be invalid. "Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy centre and does not provide sufficient information about it when users register," said Heiko Duenkel, litigation policy officer at the...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/german-court-rul...

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