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German court chides Google over its vague privacy policy and terms

on November 22, 2013


Google(S goog)’s privacy policy is too vague, the Berlin regional court has ruled, upholding a complaint made by the Federation of German Consumer Associations (VZBV) in July 2012. The judgement is not yet final, though, and Google says it will appeal.

The VZBV had pointed out that that Google’s privacy policy was less than clear about what users could expect to happen with their data – Google “may” capture location data and “may” mix-and-match data from its various services, for example. Consumers are expected to give their consent to all this, but they can’t be certain what it is they’re consenting to.

The consumer rights group, which has successfully taken on the likes of Facebook(s fb) as well as Google itself in the past, was also irked that Google reserves the right to change its terms and provisions unilaterally, without further consent from the user. On Tuesday, the court agreed…

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