Berlin court rules Facebook violates user rights

Posted On March 8, 2012
In Copyright in Cyberspace, Privacy in Cyberspace / Reply

IP Watch reports that the District Court of Berlin, Germany, has ruled that Facebook user rights were violated by several parts of social media site Facebook’s general terms and conditions and by its “friendfinder” feature.

  • With regard to copyright law, the automatic worldwide exploitation right granted by users clicking off the terms and conditions was invalid, the court ruled.
  • With regard to privacy, Friendfinder invitations to non-Facebook members unaware of the fact that their names and email addresses had been shared with the company are unlawful, the Berlin court ruled.

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