Region: Germany

GDPR fines: shame but don't name?

German judges have moved away from publicising the names of companies alleged to have breached GDPR rules on the grounds that this causes unwarranted reputational and competitive damage. Fieldfisher Hamburg partner Dennis Hillemann analyses the implications.

16 July 2021

German data watchdog investigates lab over use of prenatal tests

A lab that used Chinese gene company BGI Group's prenatal blood tests and services has suspended data transfers to Hong Kong following a German regulator’s fears that data protection rules have been breached.

16 July 2021

EDPB refuses to extend Facebook/WhatsApp ban

EU data protection authorities have appeared to compromise by rejecting calls for an EU-wide ban on Facebook processing WhatsApp’s data – but ordering the Irish data watchdog to formally investigate the group’s practices.

15 July 2021

Johannes Caspar: Facebook/WhatsApp, urgency and the one-stop-shop

Hamburg data protection chief Johannes Caspar is one of the EU’s most active enforcers. Ahead of his planned departure on 28 June, Caspar told GDR about his office’s pioneering track record, and his frustration with the GDPR’s one-stop-shop.

21 June 2021

Facebook appeals against data-sharing block

Facebook is fighting the Hamburg data protection authority’s decision to temporarily block it from rolling out its controversial new WhatsApp privacy policy.

18 June 2021

German court to scrutinise RTB

An Irish NGO has alleged that regulators have failed to act against the online advertising industry, and filed a lawsuit that aims to shut down the real-time bidding system.

16 June 2021

Football club fined over accountability

A German data authority has fined football club VfB Stuttgart €300,000 over a breach of the GDPR’s accountability obligation.

16 June 2021

"To calculate or not to calculate" – GDPR damages claims

As the GDPR non-material harm debate heats up, RightNow managing director and co-founder Benedikt Quarch unpacks the novel way his company calculates what damages claimants can expect from GDPR private enforcement.

01 June 2021

German supreme court to consider reversing GDPR burden of proof

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice will decide what claimants need to prove in order to obtain GDPR damages – in a case that could affect damages claims in Germany and, potentially, the whole of Europe.

24 May 2021

Hamburg regulator urgently blocks WhatsApp-Facebook data transfers

Hamburg’s data protection authority has temporarily banned Facebook from processing its subsidiary WhatsApp’s user data – but the social media giant has said the move won’t affect the controversial update that sparked the investigation.

11 May 2021

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