German court says Facebook’s privacy settings and use of personal data are illegal

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Facebook is no stranger to privacy-related controversy, and now a German court has ruled that the social networks’ use of personal data is illegal. The court in Berlin also said that Facebook’s default privacy settings violate German consumer law. The case was brought by the federation of German consumer organisations (VZBV) which said Facebook failed to provide its users with sufficient information, and also that people were automatically opted into to features. See also: Facebook is testing a ‘downvote’ option — just don’t call it a dislike button Facebook accused of violating city campaign finance law in Seattle Ahead of…

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