Germany: Facebook's Friend Finder is illegal

Reuters: The German Supreme Court has declared illegal a feature that encourages Facebook users to make their contacts in the social network, confirming the decisions of the two lower courts.facebook friend finder

The Federal Court of Justice of the European Communities has ruled that Facebook's Friend Finder feature (find friends) is causing harassment (and not only) to users.

In this Facebook feature, users are asked to license the social network, pull all friends' addresses from the user's e-mail or contact applications.

If a user grants permission, the social network begins sending invitations to non-users of Facebok to sign up for the service.

The court came to the conclusion that this is a misleading marketing practice, confirming the decisions of the two lower courts in Berlin, 2012 and 2014. Those courts ruled that Facebook infringed German data protection law and used unfair commercial practices.

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