A Berlin regional court recently handed down a verdict saying that Facebook’s use of personal data was illegal and that the company did not adequately obtain the consent of users.

Litigation policy officer at the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzvb) Heiko Duenkel said that Facebook does not sufficiently inform users upon registration, and that it even hides non-privacy default settings in its privacy center.

The consumer rights group further pointed out that a service that reveals a user’s location to the person they are chatting to is pre-activated in Facebook’s mobile app.

Source: Reuters

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