Apple’s customer data sharing policies have been found violating Germany’s consumer privacy protection laws. The iPhone maker has been ordered to retool the way it deals with some of the consumer data as a result. To be more specific, according to Bloomberg, a Berlin court struck down eight of 15 Apple provisions governing its use of customer data. The provisions had all been challenged by German consumer advocate group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VSBV), which celebrated the court's ruling on its website.
As a result of the court’s decision, Apple is forbidden from seeking “global consent” to use customer data like location information. The company may have to specify in each case what a customer’s data will be used for and by which programs. The VZBV’s officials cheered and as a result said the following:
The verdict shows the importance of privacy for consumers in the digital world.
Two years ago, governments in France, Germany, Italy, and South Korea asking Apple to clarify its use of location data after tests reportedly found that users’ iPhones were collecting and storing location information even when location information services were turned off.
Source: Bloomberg via AppleInsider