Berlin Court finds Facebook’s use of personal data in violation of consumer law

A regional court in Berlin has termed Facebook's use of personal data as illegal after it found that the U.S.-based social media giant did not provide adequate information to consumers while obtaining their consent to use their personal data.

The German court's verdict on Facebook's use of personal data comes not long after the EU data protection authority announced that it would probe Facebook and WhatsApp for not obtaining appropriate user consent for their data sharing plans.

In October last year, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, which is otherwise known as the European Union's data protection watchdog, said that it would probe Facebook and its subsidiary WhatsApp for not informing users adequately while obtaining their consent for using their data.