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Facebook sued over app data sharing in Germany

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Fri Dec 07 2012, 14:58
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SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE Facebook is being sued by a German consumer group because of the way its apps share data.

They way Facebook does that, in the German group's view, is wrong, wrong, wrong. The German consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, (VZBV) has danced with Facebook before, earlier this year over Friend Finder, an addition to the website that the group saw as a bridge too far.

In March, having won in court VZBV said that Facebook had to start behaving itself when it comes to European privacy protection and really ought not to have been making merry with its users' address books. "The verdict is a milestone. Facebook and Co. have to respect the privacy protection in Europe," said VZBV chief executive Gerd Billen.

In August VZBV was back at Facebook's door and asking it to consider whether it uses its users data, which can be gathered through their use of apps and the app centre, in the most appropriate way. "The Social Network gives personal information about users on the App Store on without that users have given their consent," it said.

In information released today the consumer group said that it has filed a lawsuit against the company over the way that it uses data, and added that Facebook has a "brutal business model".

"Behind Facebook puts a brutal business model. The use of the platform is free, but the company is not a charity," says a translation that adds that users "pay with their own data" and should question of whether "free games [justify] the full use of their data by third parties".

Facebook has not yet provided us with a response to news of the lawsuit. µ


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