German consumer organisation initiates petition on privacy

The Federation of German Consumer Organisations announced a new petition on privacy today. The petition is directed at the German Parliament. It calls upon the Parliament to change privacy regulation so that consumer products and services process as few personal information as possible. This call is based on the “Privacy-by-Default”-Principle.

The consumer organization argues that it is often time-consuming and requires technical know-how to change the privacy settings in social networks, smartphones and browsers. The organization emphasises that the privacy-by-default-principle would ensure that consumers had real choice: “Consumers can only make an informed choice if they have access to relevant information. Privacy-by-design creates a protected zone, from which consumers can get an overview of the different options of a service and can then change the settings however he or she wants.”


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Source: vzbv