- 20 November, 2013 12:54
The decision could have far-reaching implications for Google, although it can still appeal the ruling.
Google also reserves the right to collect, analyze and process personal data further without the need for the user to give explicit consent, VZBV said, adding that it is unclear to consumers to what exactly they are giving their consent.
Besides ruling some clauses unlawful, the court also ruled that 12 clauses restrict the rights of consumers, the VZBV said. It had complained about the way Google its right to review and control, change and delete certain types of information, remove applications by directly accessing a device, and adjust functions and features of services completely at will.
The federation also complained that Google failed to explain what it meant by "reasonably possible" when it said users will be informed in advance about service changes when reasonably possible. It also said users were unreasonably disadvantaged when Google reserved the right to change the terms of service without asking their consent.
The same clauses are used in other Google privacy policies around the world.
Google did not immediately reply to a request for comment but will reportedly appeal the verdict, according to a statement shared with German media.
The Berlin Regional Court did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org