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A consumer rights group has said a German regional court ruled Facebook did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users, violating consumer law, Reuters reports. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations said Facebook’s default settings, parts of its terms of service, and ways in which it gathers consent for data use were invalid, the report states. “Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy center and does not provide sufficient information about it when users register,” vzvb Litigation Policy Officer Heiko Duenkel said. “This does not meet the requirement for informed consent.” Facebook plans to appeal the ruling and said it has already made changes to its terms of service and data protection guidelines. “We are working hard to ensure that our guidelines are clear and easy to understand, and that the services offered by Facebook are in full accordance with the law,” Facebook said. 
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