The French court orders Twitter to CHANGE its terms and conditions after a new privacy case

A court in Paris ordered Twitter to change its fine print, according to a group of consumers who accused the technological giant of having "abusive" clauses. in its terms and conditions.

A court in Paris ordered Twitter to change its fine print, after a group of consumers accused the technology company of having "abusive" clauses. in its terms and conditions.

UFC-Que Choisir claimed victory in his case against the US social network. UU And he affirmed that "the sentence has a gigantic scope for the protection of the personal data of the users".

The consumer association had asked the higher court to "recognize the abusive or illegal nature" of 256 clauses contained within the terms and conditions of Twitter that, he said, violated the privacy of users.

In particular, UFC-Que Choisir said that the court's decision guarantees Twitter users that their photos and tweets can no longer be "commercially exploited" & # 39; If they have not given their consent.

Twitter has not confirmed whether the updated small print will only apply to French citizens, or whether it will be released to users around the world.

However, when the EU forced companies to adopt their GDPR rules for European users, Twitter updated its policies around the world, declaring: & # 39; Our Privacy Policy is a unique document to explain our privacy practices to all users, regardless of their location & # 39;

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A court in Paris ordered Twitter to change its fine print, according to a group of consumers who accused the technological giant of having "abusive" clauses. in its terms and conditions.

"By checking a small box to accept the terms of service, the consumer has not expressly accepted that their data can be exploited," said the consumer control agency.

Until now, the texts, videos and images shared on Twitter could be used by commercial entities in commercials or advertising for their own benefit, affirmations of UFC-Que Choisir.

According to recent changes, this can not happen without the express permission of the person who originally published the tweet.

Twitter also received a fine of 30,000 euros (£ 26,900 / $ 34,400) in the case.

UFC-Que Choisir said the sum was "insignificant for the social network that generated in 2017 a global turnover of 2,100 million dollars".

The social network has a month to appeal the decision.

But "whatever their decision, this victory augurs well for similar procedures against Facebook and Google, still in progress," the group said.

Those lawsuits are expected in the next few months, according to UFC-Que Choisir.

MailOnline contacted Twitter to comment on the story.

Already in April, it was revealed that Twitter was selling the data of its users.

In particular, he sold data to the researcher at the University of Cambridge who collected private information from millions of Facebook users without his consent.

The social networking site confirmed that it sold publicly available data to Dr. Aleksandr Kogan, who created tools that allowed political consultant Cambridge Analytica to psychologically profile and target individual voters using data from Facebook users.

Dr. Kogan's GSR gathered a "random sample" of public tweets after paying for a day of access in 2015, Twitter said, years before the recent scandal arose.

The social networking site confirmed that it sold public data to Dr. Aleksandr Kogan, who created tools that allowed political consultant Cambridge Analytica to psychologically profile and target voters using data from Facebook users. In the photo, the former Cambridge Analytica executive director Alexander Nix

The social networking site confirmed that it sold public data to Dr. Aleksandr Kogan, who created tools that allowed political consultant Cambridge Analytica to psychologically profile and target voters using data from Facebook users. In the photo, the former Cambridge Analytica executive director Alexander Nix

WHAT ARE THE TWITTER POLICIES?

Graphic violence and content for adults

The company does not allow people to publish graphic violence.

This could be any form of bloody means related to death, serious injury, violence or surgical procedures.

Adult content, which includes media that is pornographic and / or may be intended to cause sexual arousal, is also prohibited.

Some form of graphic violence and adult content is allowed in tweets marked as containing sensitive media.

However, these images are not allowed in the profile or header images.

Twitter can sometimes require users to eliminate excessively graphic violence out of respect for the deceased and their families.

Illegal use

The platform is not allowed for other illegal activities.

Insignia

Users can not use badges, including, but not limited to, "promoted" or "verified" Twitter badges, unless Twitter provides them.

Accounts that use unauthorized badges as part of their profile photos, header photos, names to display, or in any way that falsely implies affiliation with Twitter or Twitter authorization to display these badges, may be suspended.

Usernames

Users can not buy or sell Twitter user names.

The improper use of the username is not allowed when people take the name of a registered trademark or a celebrity.

Twitter also has the right to delete accounts that are inactive for more than six months.

Abusive behavior

Context matters when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions.

The factors we can consider include whether the behavior is directed at an individual; The report has been filed for the purpose of the abuse or a bystander or the behavior is of journalistic interest and in the legitimate public interest.

Users can not make specific threats of violence or desire the serious physical harm, death or illness of an individual or group of people.

This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism.

Users can not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm. Users can not promote child sexual exploitation.

Users can not direct abuse to someone by sending unwanted sexual content, objectifying them in a sexually explicit manner or engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviors.

Users can not use images or hate symbols in their profile image or profile header.

Private information

Users can not publish or post private information about others without their express authorization and permission.

Users can not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent.

Users can not threaten to expose private information of someone or intimate means.

Source: Twitter

The academic insisted that he had not violated Twitter's policies and that the information had only been used to create & # 39; brand reports & # 39; and & # 39; survey extension tools & # 39;

In February, the Justice Commissioner of Europe said Facebook, Twitter and Google needed to do more to align their user agreements with EU legislation, increasing pressure on firms after their efforts were considered too thin.

The executive and consumer protection authorities of the European Union said that the three companies have only partially addressed concerns about their liability and how users were informed about the removal of content or termination of contracts.

The authorities throughout the bloc, which requested the changes last year, have the power to fine companies if they do not comply.

The European Commissioner, Vera Jourova, said that the use of social networks as advertising and commercial platforms meant that they faced the same rules as the providers of services offline.

"EU consumption rules must be respected and if companies do not comply, they should face sanctions," said Ms. Jourova in a statement.

"Some companies are now making their platforms safer for consumers, however, it is unacceptable that this is not yet complete and it takes so long."

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