French Watchdog Group Files Suit Against Facebook, Twitter, Google Over Abusive And Illegal Practices
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online
The group, which advises consumers about services, products and their rights, said it filed the suit in the Paris high court for what it called the “abusive” and “illegal” clauses in the user agreements for the three companies’ social networks.
“After several months of talks and despite our warnings, they are stubbornly maintaining clauses that the association considers abusive or illegal,” the organization said in a statement according to the AFP news agency.
“Worse, the networks persist in authorizing the widespread collection, modification, preservation and use of the data of users and even of those around them,” the group said.
“Faced with such abuses,” UFC-Que Choisir is asking the French court to “order the suppression or modification of the myriad of contentious clauses imposed by these companies.”
The three Internet giants now have the opportunity to provide a written responses to UFC-Que Choisir and to the court.
Alexandra Neri, an attorney for Google and Twitter, told CNN she could not comment on the lawsuit until receiving the formal summons and complaint, which can take up to a month.
European nations have increasingly cracked down on the controversial privacy policies of leading Internet firms. In January, France imposed a 150,000-euro ($207,000) fine, the maximum allowable by law, on Google for failing to comply with privacy guidelines.