German Supreme Court: Facebooks ‘find friends’ is illegal

Jan

16

2016

Social networks are not members do not just send invitation mails, his rulings the German Bundesgerichtshof, the highest court in the land. The way Facebook did with the friends finder, was illegal. Facebook considers whether it should adjust its service.

It is unacceptable, damaging publicity and nonmembers without express permission mail getting social networks to register. That vonniste the Bundesgerichtshof Thursday in a case on the Facebook functionality “friends search. It does not matter whether the social network as the sender appears in the mail or was known to the recipient.

The issue in the function as it existed in 2010 and the last case therefore continues for six years. Facebook users could upload their contact list and then the social network could use the information to people who were not yet active on the site, invite to register. Two lower courts ruled in 2012 and 2014 already that Facebook allows broke privacy rules and made use of illegal practices.

The Bundesgerichtshof confirmed those statements, pointing out that Facebook users informed incomplete registration on dealing with the data from contact lists. Facebook defended himself by stating that the e-mails only a ‘technical device’ was for members to build their own social network; it would not go to advertising.

Meanwhile, Facebook has his friends finder somewhat modified. After import, users can invite friends and also separately is to adjust the list afterwards. Examines the company according to Der Spiegel, yet the impact of the verdict on the current implementation of the service. The judgment goes beyond Facebook: other social services that send act similar invitation mails may violate German law.

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