French consumer group targets US social networks

AP News
Posted: Mar 25, 2014 7:43 AM

PARIS (AP) — A top French consumer group is asking a Paris court to order Google, Facebook and Twitter to scrap or modify the fine print on their terms of use — insisting it's too complex.

UFC-Que Choisir says months of talks with the U.S. Internet giants have failed to persuade them to eliminate or change terms-of-use clauses that the group deems "abusive or illegal."

It also claimed Tuesday that the companies wrongly collect and share personal data, and Web surfers who scrutinize terms of use on their French sites can at times be redirected to English-language pages — a user-unfriendly experiences for many French consumers.

European regulators have recently scrutinized the companies over privacy, hate speech and data protection issues. Last month, France's digital privacy watchdog said Google had violated data-privacy rules.