Facebook Bound By German Privacy Laws: Appeals Court

Law360, New York (February 20, 2014, 5:09 PM EST) -- A German appeals court has ruled that Facebook Inc. must comply with the country's data protection law, upholding a finding that both the site's Friend Finder service and several privacy policy provisions ran afoul of the law, a German consumer group said Monday.

The Higher Court of Berlin's ruling affirms a March 2012 decision handed down by a regional court in Berlin in favor of consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, or VZBV.

The lower court held in its opinion that the social networking site's privacy policy and...
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