John Paczkowski

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German Court Slams Apple on Privacy

Berlin_apple_privacyApple’s customer privacy policies don’t jibe with Germany’s consumer privacy protection laws, and the country wants them changed so that they do.

In a Tuesday ruling, the Berlin Regional Court declared eight of the 15 clauses in Apple’s data use policy invalid because they don’t comply with German law, and forbade the company from doing things like asking customers for “global consent” to use their data.

Since Apple had already agreed to abandon the other seven clauses earlier this year, the court’s ruling means the company now has to either adjust its privacy policy to accommodate Germany’s requirements, develop an entirely new one specific to the country, or prevail on its likely inevitable appeal of the ruling. Apple declined comment.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

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December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik