French Privacy Watchdog Takes a Bite Out of Facebook, Google

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A French consumer privacy watchdog has sued social media giants Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), accusing all three companies of violating users’ privacy, according to a recent CNN report.

The group, called UFC-Que Choisir, is suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google in French High Court, alleging that the companies had not heeded warnings in June to modify their terms and conditions, which Que Choisir called “inaccessible” and “illegible.” The group has referred to the companies’ practices as “abusive,” and “illegal.”

The group claims that the social media sites have continued to “allow the collection, modification, conservation and exploitation of user data and that of their entourage” — a user’s friends, family, and other connections.

“If social media networks are particularly greedy in terms of data, they are dieting when it comes to responsibility,” the French watchdog group added, in a recent statement, per CNN.