31 thoughts on “German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

  1. pm_me_ur_tiny_penis February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Relevant bit from article:

    Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy center and does not provide sufficient information about it when users register,” said Heiko Duenkel, litigation policy officer at the vzvb.

    “This does not meet the requirement for informed consent.”

  2. dylc February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Canada tells them to do better. Germany tells them to fuck off.

  3. Hail_the_IT_Goddess February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    I am incredibly happy that Germany is treating this as Informed Consent. EULA law in the US is just way too vague and it does not benefit the end user but rather the application owner (which, often is some large corporation ~~[that’s probably sharing data with the US government](https://qz.com/620423/heres-how-often-apple-google-and-others-handed-over-data-when-the-us-government-asked-for-it/)~~). Bravo to Germany for putting their foot down for consumer rights. I hope more countries follow this example.

    Edit: added a link for your edification

  4. MyLOLNameWasTaken February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Thank god someone has told them. I hate the corporate encroachment upon our individual liberties. It’s easy to figure out what data they may access and which they may not: anything we provide in our bios or on our walls should be fair game, but using underlying analytical data to hyper-analyze our behaviors and preferences to their (and other corporations’) benefit should be unlawful. It’s equatable to your doctor using your health data to his/her own personal benefit.

  5. variaati0 February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    And this is before GDPR hits Facebook on top of the head with a hammer in May.

  6. ThoughtFission February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    I’m currently in a similar battle with LinkedIn in France. You wouldn’t belieVe what they capture then share with recruiters. Fortunately the EU has a dedicated organization to fight on our behalf.

  7. mathamatazz February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    It’s not just Favebook. Years ago there was a site that would look at your install of Google Chrome and could tell you just how unique your copy was for you. Like it would take what version you were on how often you used it in what extensions you had installed and would tell you that you’re different from 99.8% of all of their Chrome browsers.

    I believe their point was that companies can use some very unusual methods to identify you. If anybody knows what I’m talking about please leave the site I can’t remember.

  8. jungl3j1m February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    My German friend uses Whatsapp, which I learned is now owned by Facebook. Same problems?

  9. fitbabits February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    About damn time Facebook was held accountable for this type of crap.

    I know people who desperately NEED to remain anonymous for person safety reasons, yet it’s almost impossible due to the amount of nefarious tracking that goes on.

    Off-the-grid living is an option, of course, but it shouldn’t be the only one.

  10. GreyFoxNinjaFan February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    This is more like all of Europe rather than just Germany.

    It used to be the case that data protection was a guideline and all the EU member states would interpret it differently. Fines for breaches of these rules were somewhat insignificant.

    But no more.

    From the 25th May, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come in to effect.

    Among other things this allows fines of up to 4% of *global* revenue or €20m. Whichever is *greater*.

    For us, the main emphasis is on *owning* our data as ‘data subjects’ and giving us the right to have identifiable information about us given over or deleted entirely if we want.

    For companies, the main emphasis is on *all* businesses that handle *any* personally identifiable data (PII) on *any* EU citizen to:

    – Obtain *explicit*, *unambiguous* and *specific* permission to use *your* data.
    – Eradicate assumed consent or pre-ticked electronic forms.
    – Report *any and all* breaches and potential breaches to the Information Commisioner’s Office (ICO).

    It’s a pretty big deal and no small-medium sized businesses I know of seem to give a shit. Corporations do, but nowhere near enough. Facebook are evidently just massively arrogant.. as are many large businesses that thrive on selling *your* data.

    The courts / ICO will be seeking to make some ‘examples’.. Facebook is a pretty big fish to fry for that.

    Edit: spelling and stuff.

  11. Tamnnis February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Let’s hope other countries pick up on this trend. (Looking at you United States cough cough)

  12. slow70 February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    It’s almost like the German government is representing the interests of it’s people or something.

  13. Allenxander February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    I feel like everyone has forgotten that Mark Zuckerberg assisted with doxing “blasphemers” in 3rd world countries.

    Creeping on my conversation to give me ads is one kind of fucked up, giving someone a death sentence for political belief is a whole ‘nother kind of fucked.

  14. allforeva February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Germany s hypersensitive to this stuff (and rightfully so). The rest of the world should take note.

  15. __scruffycat__ February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    If I check Facebook in the middle of the night I start getting sponsored ads for sleep inducing zen music and happy hormones for menopause – they can F right Off, nosey, data sharing, capitalists. It’s like being stalked by some sort of narcissistic advertising fruit loop. A very annoying one.

  16. frleon22 February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Notice that the verdict isn’t yet final. This is not **GERMANY** flipping facebook off but the state court (Landgericht) of Berlin; though it may well set a precedent.

  17. 2oonhed February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    I am liking this country more & more. They kicked Scientology pretty good too.

  18. cnncctv February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Good guy Germany!

  19. fdsfeg February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    I keep my Facebook and Twitter separated.
    Facebook = work, social life etc.
    Twitter = my hobby, games, etc.

    Somehow my friends and probably co-workers found out my Twitter profile.

    I asked one of my friends and he said he found by Twitter handle by importing his Facebook friends. I never gave Facebook access to my Twitter. I don’t follow anything gaming related on Facebook. I don’t have a reason to connect Facebook with Twitter.

  20. SweatyK February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    This is all so strange…

    I keep seeing reports of judicial activity coming from other western nations and all of them seem to be siding with human beings and for the good of their respective society. Being an American has conditioned me to expect most court cases to rule in favor of the corporate entity as my countryman and I stand bewildered while we watch politicians side against consumer protections, against having the right to live and fend off illness, against education funding while they take away as many dollars as they can from teachers…

    My country has abandoned hope and forsaken the idea of a collectively prosperous future and so it is with great humility I ask all of you to carry that burden higher than we could and continue to respect and honor your citizenry. Please keep this up EU; humanity’s future depends on the examples you continue to set.

  21. ZiggyOnMars February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

  22. wild_p3ndulum February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    Thank you Germany, yet again for actually taking care of your citizens’ interests.

  23. midnightdabber February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    How do I give an entire country some good ol’ reddit gold?

  24. KorgRue February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    The sooner Facebook dies, the better for humanity.

  25. Zootropic February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    I’m happy to see the gradual demise and decline of Facebook. It’s getting worse day by day. It’s like they couldn’t control the monster they’ve created. When Facebook initially came onto the scene it was simple, clean and fun. Once the ads and commercials start d creeping in and they no longer required a .edu email I noped out. Glad I left when I did. It’s very creepy to the point of being downright evil imo. I hope it fizzes out like MySpace did. Good ridden to this bad rubbish.

  26. HamburgerPoop February 13, 2018 / 5:43 am

    I am surprised people still use Facebook despite all the issues and changes.

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