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    CNN: French consumer watchdog sues Facebook, Twitter and Google

    CNN reports on moves by the French data protection agency concerning online privacy:

    Paris (CNN) — France’s top consumer watchdog filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Facebook, Twitter and Google, accusing them of breaching Internet users’ privacy, in the latest crackdown against data-collection policies.

    UFC-Que Choisir is suing the social media giants at the French High Court, alleging “abusive” and “illegal” practices and not heeding repeated warnings in June to modify what it called “inaccessible” and “illegible” user terms of conditions.

    “Facing such negligence,” the group is asking French judges to “order the suppression or modification of the myriad of litigious clauses imposed by these companies.” […]

    Alexandra Neri, an attorney for Google and Twitter, said she could not comment on the lawsuit until receiving the formal summons and complaint, which can take up to a month. A representative for Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.

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