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French court orders Google to remove 'abusive' clauses

AFP  |  Paris 

A has ordered to remove "abusive" clauses from the service conditions it requires consumers to accept to the internet giant's services, a group said Wednesday.

The group UFC-Que Choisir, which has waged a five-year legal battle against for "abusive" practices in its service conditions, also won 30,000 euros (USD 34,000) in damages, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by AFP.

The ruling by the district level court can be appealed.

said the ruling concerned its social media service, which is being shut down in April, and that it is striving to improve the clarity and simplicity of its user terms.

It said it would take its time to examine the decision and evaluate its options.

UFC-Que Choisir said the judges ordered Google to rework its terms and conditions to obtain clear consent from users on how it collects and shares their personal information. This includes the constant monitoring of users' location.

The ruling also told Google it could not imply that users had to accept the conditions to use its services and systematically decline all responsibility in case of malfunctions.

The ruling follows one in a similar case brought by UFC-Que Choisir against A case against is still underway.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 20:55 IST