What would the month be without Apple legal news? It never ends for Apple, after all. Bloomberg tell us that The Berlin Region Court ordered the company to rework their privacy policies for German users today. This came about as the Court discovered that the bulk of the fifteen clauses in the data use policy didn’t fly with German law—there were eight to be exact. The main one being the request of global consent for user data—which allowed for Apple to do whatever it wished with whatever information it obtains. To top it off, Apple can no longer utilize location-based data to shill goods and the like to users.
What else can Apple not do in Germany? Well they can’t request personal information—addresses, email addresses, numbers, and names—of a user’s personal contacts. This should be a common sense finding regardless of if it’s Germany, the U.S, or wherever. The lawsuit came up from the VZBV, the German consumer rights organization. Of the ruling, the VZBV said “according to the ruling, the regulations unduly disadvantaged consumers because they violated fundamental principles of the German data protection law.”
Bloomberg reported that prior to the suit being filed, Apple agreed not to use seven of fifteen clauses that caused the VZBV to take action against them. As it stands Apple is also staring down a privacy suit stateside. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 and stated that Apple violates iPhone consumers’ privacy since they keep logs of their locations. Apple does this even if users turned off the feature.