Google's Policies Violate German Privacy Law, Court Says

Law360, New York (November 20, 2013, 6:43 PM EST) -- A German court has ruled that more than two dozen provisions in Google Inc.'s privacy and user agreements violate the country's data protection law because they deprive users of the ability to give informed consent or object to changes, a German consumer group reported Tuesday.

In a ruling responding to a complaint filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations, which is known by its German acronym VZBV, the Berlin Regional Court deemed unlawful 25 policy terms that consumers must agree to in order to use Google's services, including 13 clauses contained in the company's privacy policy and 12 provisions embedded...

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