The British Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee seized on Facebook’s emotion-manipulation study as a perfect example of why people need to be more aware of how their personal data is used.
Norway’s Consumer Council has taken issue with Apple(s aapl)’s terms and conditions for iCloud storage. Following a review of various providers’ terms (including those of Google(s goog) and Dropbox), the council has referred the firm to the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman – it says Apple’s “convoluted and unclear” 8,600-word terms for the service give the company the right to change those terms without notifying customers, and this is unacceptable under consumer rights law. “Receiving notice when terms change should be a bare minimum requirement,” said Finn Myrstad, the council’s digital chief.
A Berlin court has upheld a complaint by the Federation of German Consumer Associations, which argued that Google’s users can’t be certain what they’re signing up to when they agree to the firm’s terms and conditions.