France: Unfair Terms and Personal Data: Twitter Sentenced by a French court

10/10/2018

BY A JUDGMENT DATED AUGUST 7, 2018, THE FIRST INSTANCE COURT OF PARIS RULED ON THE ILLEGAL NATURE – UNDER FRENCH CONSUMER LAW AND THE FRENCH DATA PROTECTION ACT OF JANUARY 6, 1978 – OF SEVERAL CLAUSES INCLUDED IN THE VARIOUS VERSIONS OF TWITTER’S TERMS OF USE, CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY AND RULES.

TWITTER WAS ORDERED TO CHANGE ALL OF ITS CONTRACTUAL DOCUMENTATION INTENDED FOR FRENCH USERS AND TO MAKE THE ENTIRE JUDGMENT PUBLICLY AVAILABLE.

PROFESSIONALS ARE NOW WARNED: FRENCH CONSUMER LAW PROVISIONS MUST BE STRICTLY CONSIDERED WHEN DRAFTING THEIR GENERAL TERMS OF USE AND CONFIDENTIALITY POLICIES.

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