European Data Protection Digest

Court: Google Rules Violate User Rights

SURVEILLANCE—GERMANY

November 21, 2013

A German court has ruled that 25 provisions in Google’s data protection rules violate user rights and German law, Bloomberg reports. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) brought the case, arguing the clauses are too vaguely formulated. Google says it will appeal the ruling, stating it believes its “terms of service and privacy policy comply with all applicable laws.” VZBV has been targeting large corporations’ data practices, including Apple and Samsung, since 2012, winning judgments against their policies in Berlin courts. Meanwhile, a former UK Liberal Democrat leader has said the secret service’s mass surveillance of citizens is "out of control"; and Norway’s military intelligence chief has reportedly acknowledged the “country spies on millions of phone calls in conflict areas around the world and shares that data with allies” such as the U.S.
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