Facebook breaks German privacy laws

Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle.
It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network’s data consent policies to be invalid.
The Vzbv consumer group successfully argued that five of the app’s services were switched on by default, with the relevant privacy settings “hidden”.
Facebook intends to appeal, but believes that planned changes to the app will ensure it obeys the law.
Vzbv also plans to appeal because some of its other allegations were rejected.
These included a claim that it was misleading for Facebook to describe its service as being “free” because users effectively paid by sharing information about themselves.