Pokémon GO: Niantic directs and changes terms of use 2017

Oct

24

2016

artikel_pokemongo In July, the Consumer Federation complained 15 clauses in the terms and conditions of Niantic to Pokémon GO. On all points, Niantic has now made a binding injunction. From 2017, there will be a new data protection agreement, but Niantic can not rely on the clauses, which are not compatible with German law, even during the transitional period. The current conditions of use had given Niantic rights, which, in the view of the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, unduly penalize players. Amongst the contested points was, for example, the unilateral termination of the contract at the discretion of Niantic, or the exclusion of the repayment of in-app purchases made.

In addition: The transfer of user data to third parties – without additional consent of the users. Niantic will therefore adapt everything and then publish it in 2017, but as already mentioned, the company can no longer rely on the contested clauses. So German players should be on the safe side.

“We are delighted that Niantic has shown himself to be clear. Users of Pokémon Go in Germany can now expect the company to follow consumer protection standards in the future, “says Heiko Dünkel, Legal Counsel at the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (vzbv).

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