On October 28, 2008, the Paris Court of First Instance ruled that the general terms and conditions of Amazon.fr relating to the sharing of customers’ personal data and third-party marketing were unlawful under the French Consumer Code and subsequently ordered the removal of 18 unlawful clauses from the terms and conditions. The Court ruled that the provisions imposing data sharing for marketing purposes on customers created disproportionate obligations for the consumers. Furthermore, it found that the clauses did not mention the purposes for which customer data was being collected. It ordered Amazon. fr to pay €30,000 in damages to the Union Fédérale des Consommateurs Que Choisir, the French consumer association which had launched the proceedings. The full court judgement is available (in French) here.
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