Apple ordered by German court to change customer data privacy policy

apple privacy policyApple’s privacy policy that governs the use of customer data has come under fire in Germany, where a court has ruled that eight out of the 15 provisions in the policy violate German laws.

The lawsuit had been filed by German consumer protection group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV), who specifically raised concerns over Apple asking users for “global consent” for using their data without much information as to where and how it would be used.

From Bloomberg’s report:

Apple asked customers in the terms for “global consent” to use their data, while German law requires that clients know in detail what data is used for what purpose, VZBV said. Apple also may not ask for permission to use names, addresses and phone numbers of users’ contacts.

The court also blocked the iPad maker’s rule for delivering the data to other companies that use them for advertising, according to VZBV.

Apple had already agreed with VZBV to remove 7 out of its 15 provisions before the suit was filed, and now it has to effectively amend its entire 15 point privacy policy. The ruling applies only in German, so elsewhere in the world, Apple won’t have to change its policies.

You can view VZBV’s take on the German court’s decision on their website, or view the court’s judgement in case you know German.

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