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Apple’s Customer Data Privacy Rules Changed by Decision of German Court

May 8 2013, 5:07am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple’s Customer Data Privacy Rules Changed by Decision of German Court

Apple is facing a lawsuit that will change its customer data privacy rules. A German court has ordered the computer giant to transform its client data practices. Apple is in somewhat of a fix due to this stricture placed upon its praxis.

While the court ruling was valid only within the confines of Germany, it was nevertheless quite a blow to Apple’s self-esteem. A German court decided that Apple’s customer info usage was illegal and will not take place in the land through which the River Rhine runs. This global web it has weaved in which private data is pooled will not work from now onwards.

The court after deliberating on the facts of the case decided that the majority of the clauses in Apple’s data use strategy would be struck down for good. According to Bloomberg, the problem was that they infringed upon German law. The new policy will not allow global consent to take place for the processing of personal data. This practice had previously given Apple a free hand to manipulate confidential data any way it liked. The spam this action generated was a nuisance too. Therefore, now there will be no more name giving along with email address identification.

The Germans had had enough. Consumer rights activists got together and decided to sue Apple over this breach of privacy. And while the decision has been taken, it is not immune to appeal. The German group VZBV made an official announcement of the verdict of the court on its website. After the court gave the final and decisive ruling, the group members celebrated the victory.

Apple can’t get access to location information anymore and many people will rest easy over the news. The crucial factor of confidentiality in today’s digital age cannot be ignored. This is exactly what prompted Germany to protect its assets from Apple’s inquisitive designs. Part of the problem was the sharing of private information with advertisers who then bothered the ordinary people with huge amounts of annoying spam and useless offers. To put a stop to this mild form of harassment, Apple Incorporated was blocked from private data sharing.

With the spread of complex technology there has been an equal and opposite loss of privacy. The fact that there are hackers out there further complicates the matter. By 2011, several countries had requested Apple to revise its personal data entry policy. Consumer groups were up to their necks in personal infiltration through computers. Apple’s iPhones were using location data without any compunction. This behavior stank of minding other people’s business and had to be curtailed. The German court decision came as a blessing. It put a full stop in the way of snooping around once and for all.

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