Berlin’s Regional Court ruled against Facebook’s Privacy Settings

Vzbv consumer group had alleged violation of the provisions of  Federal Data Protection Act by Facebook. The court agreed that Facebook had not done enough to alert people to the fact that it had pre-ticked several privacy settings. The court ruled that a requirement that users provide their real names was unlawful. It also decided that the social network needed to gain more explicit consent before it could use members’ names and profile pictures in commercial and sponsored materials.

The judgment was pronounced in mid-January 2018. The petitioner consumer group publicised it today.

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