The clauses are too vaguely formulated and can restrict the rights of consumers, said the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV), which brought the case.
If the verdict is upheld, it could have far-reaching implications for Google.
Google also reserves the right to collect, analyse and process personal data further without the need for the user to give explicit consent, VZBV said, adding that it is unclear to consumers to what exactly they are giving their consent.
Besides ruling some clauses unlawful, the court also ruled that 12 clauses restrict the rights of consumers, the VZBV said. It had complained about the way Google its right to review and control, change and delete certain types of information, remove applications by directly accessing a device, and adjust functions and features of services completely at will.
The federation also complained that Google failed to explain what it meant by “reasonably possible” when it said users will be informed in advance about service changes when reasonably possible. It also said users were unreasonably disadvantaged when Google reserved the right to change the terms of service without asking their consent.
The same clauses are used in other Google privacy policies around the world.