French court orders Twitter to CHANGE its terms and conditions after new privacy case

Mail Online | 8/10/2018 | Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
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A Paris court has ordered Twitter to change its small-print, after a consumer group accused the technology firm of having 'abusive' clauses in its terms and conditions.

UFC-Que Choisir claimed victory in its case against the US social network, stating 'the conviction has a gigantic scope for the protection of users' personal data'.

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The consumer association had called on the high court 'to recognise the abusive or illegal nature' of 256 clauses contained within Twitter's terms and conditions that it said breached users' privacy.

In particular, UFC-Que Choisir said the court's decision guarantees Twitter users that their photos and tweets can no longer be 'commercially exploited' if they have not given their consent.

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Twitter has not confirmed whether the updated small-print will only be applicable to French citizens, or whether it will be rolled-out to users worldwide.

However, when the EU forced companies to adopt its GDPR rules for European users, Twitter updated its policies across the globe, stating: 'Our Privacy Policy is a singular document to explain our privacy practices to all users, irrespective of location.'

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'By ticking a small box to accept the terms of service, the consumer has not expressly accepted their data can be exploited,' the consumer watchdog said.

Until now, text, videos and images shared on Twitter could be used by commercial entities in commercials or publicity for their own gain, UFC-Que Choisir claims.

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Under the recent changes, this will no longer be able to happen without the express permission of the person who originally posted the tweet.

Twitter was also fined 30,000 euros (£26,900/ $34,400) in the case.

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UFC-Que Choisir said the sum was 'insignificant for the social network which generated in 2017 a global turnover of 2.1 billion dollars'.

The social network has one month to appeal the decision.

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But 'whatever his decision, this victory bodes well for similar procedures against Facebook...
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