The regional court of berlin declared a total of 25 clauses illegal, as the federation of german consumer organizations (vzbv) announced on tuesday. They had been formulated too vaguely or had inadmissibly restricted the rights of consumers. The ruling is not yet legally binding, google wants to appeal.
13 of the clauses are about data protection. In its data protection declaration, google has reserved the right, among other things, to "possibly" collect device-specific information and location data or "under certain circumstances" to combine personal data from the various google services, explained vzbv head gerd billen. For consumers, it remained unclear exactly what they were supposed to agree to, he criticized.
Meanwhile, data privacy activists buried the berlin district court ruling. It will also stand up in the following instances, said imke sommer, chairwoman of the conference of federal and state data protection commissioners, to the "berliner zeitung" (thursday edition). "No court will see it differently."
Google will have to revise its data protection regulations. The company must inform about what it intends to do with the data – "vague formulations are not enough". Otherwise, user consents to data protection provisions are "invalid," said sommer.