Hoewel Google haar ‘ongelukkige’ clausules reeds heeft aangepast, is het interessant te verwijzen naar dit artikel, onder meer omdat Google hier ook erkent dat de data uiteraard (?) toebehoort aan de gebruiker:
German court rules against Google’s terms of service
By Patrick McGroarty
Posted: 08/31/2009 09:18:03 AM PDT
BERLIN — A German court has ruled that Google must change terms of service that could be interpreted to compromise a user’s rights, a decision the consumer advocacy group that brought the suit welcomed Monday as a victory for online transparency.
The suit filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations charged that the terms of service for opening an account through Google Mail, Google Documents and other programs could be interpreted as giving the Internet search giant the right to review and even delete a user’s information.
Google’s terms "included, in our view, several rules that could disadvantage the consumer," said Heike Heidemann-Peuser, a spokeswoman for the consumer federation.
The district court in Hamburg agreed, ruling that Google must eliminate 10 clauses that could be interpreted to compromise users’ rights to their own data from the terms of service as presented by the federation.
Google said that it removed the clauses, which it described "unfortunately framed," more than a year ago.
Google spokesman Stefan Keuchel said the terms had already been changed when the court released its decision to clarify that users agree to allow data they upload to be viewed and manipulated only by other users they have explicitly authorized.
"At no point were we allowed to look at private documents, edit them, delete them," Keuchel said. "The data users give to us belongs to the user."