German Court Rules Apple User Policy Violates Privacy Law

Law360, New York (May 7, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT) -- A German court has ruled Apple Inc.’s user agreement violates the country's privacy laws by allowing the company to provide consumers' personal information to advertisers, among other things, a German consumer group reported Tuesday.

The Berlin Regional Court, acting on a complaint by the the Federation of German Consumer Organizations, known by its German acronym VZBV, said eight clauses in the company’s agreement disadvantaged consumers because they violated fundamental principles of the German data protection law, the group said.

VZBV said German data protection law prohibits...
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