Facebook’s privacy settings are illegal, says court

February 13, 2018

Facebook tucks default privacy settings away where you have to go dig for them – not exactly what you’d consider a way to get informed consent, the Berlin Regional Court in Germany has decided. And what’s up with that real-name policy that doesn’t allow users to be anonymous?

Illegal, illegal, illegal: that’s what the court has decreed on those and five of Facebook’s terms of service.

According to a judgment (PDF; in German) handed down by the Berlin court in mid-January and publicly revealed on Monday, Facebook collects and uses personal data without providing enough information to users to constitute meaningful consent.

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