Facebook Loses Data-Use Suit In Germany

Law360, New York (March 07, 2012, 6:27 PM ET) -- A German court ruled Tuesday that Facebook Inc. improperly forced users to give it license to use information posted on the site and that a service allowing Facebook access to users' contacts violated the country's privacy laws.

A regional court in Berlin found in favor of consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, or VZBV, saying the social networking giant does not properly inform users that its Friend Finder service will email their contacts, even if those contacts are not on Facebook, according to a regional court in Berlin....
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