18 Oct German Consumer Watchdog Urges Instagram to Revise Privacy Terms
Last Monday, Instagram was charged by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) for violating German data security policy.
According to the watchdog, Instagram’s service terms allow it to send personal data to advertisers without asking German users for permission. The current policy is not written clearly, making it unsatisfactory in the standards of German data protection law.
Moreover, Instagram’s terms specifies that complaints must be coursed through California, which is disadvantageous to users based in Europe. Finally, Instagram claims rights over all images and videos uploaded by its users, exercising powers to block content and profiles according to their own judgment.
To date, the Facebook-owned app is preparing revised service terms for German users, following complaints from consumer groups. They have until November 2 to revise their terms and uphold fair privacy practices.