German court in Hamburg rules against Google's service terms

A German court in Hamburg agreed, ruling that Google must eliminate ten clauses that could be interpreted to compromise users' rights to their own data from the terms of service as presented by the federation. The suit filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations charged that the terms of service for opening an account […]

A German court in Hamburg agreed, ruling that Google must eliminate ten clauses that could be interpreted to compromise users' rights to their own data from the terms of service as presented by the federation. The suit filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations charged that the terms of service for opening an account through Google Mail, Google Documents and other programs could be interpreted as giving the Internet search giant the right to review and even delete a user's information. "(Google's terms) included, in our view, several rules that could disadvantage the consumer," said Heike Heidemann-Peuser, a spokeswoman for the consumer federation. Google said in a statement that it removed the clauses, which it described "unfortunately framed," more than a year ago, reports.