Region: Germany

German antitrust regulator overstepped by invoking GDPR, Meta tells ECJ

A Meta lawyer has told the European Court of Justice that Germany’s antitrust regulator had no jurisdiction to issue a GDPR-based finding that the company abused its dominant position on the social media market by collecting and processing data without consent.

10 May 2022

ECJ set to clarify antitrust/data interface

The outcome of a European Court of Justice hearing tomorrow could increase tech giants’ exposure to European competition law – and answer questions about large companies’ ability to rely on consent to collect and combine personal data.

09 May 2022

Bird & Bird recognises data lawyers among promotions

Bird & Bird has promoted three data protection lawyers to partner and several more to senior counsel and of counsel.

06 May 2022

ECJ confirms GDPR consumer protection litigation right

The highest EU court has ruled that consumer groups have the right to launch data protection lawsuits, in a move that could bolster GDPR representative actions across the bloc.

28 April 2022

German schools told to stop using Office 365

The data regulator for Baden-Württemberg has instructed schools in the state to offer an alternative to Microsoft 365 by summer 2022, and to stop using the software altogether by the new school year.

27 April 2022

Hamburg puts Google on notice over faulty cookie banners

Hamburg’s data regulator has warned Google that cookie banners on its search engine and YouTube do not comply with data protection law.

08 April 2022

ECJ could lay out new right to be forgotten procedure

A European Court of Justice adviser has suggested a fixed procedure that search engine operators and data subjects should undertake when they deal with allegations that inaccurate data has been listed on search results.

07 April 2022

Facebook fan pages face German ban

Public bodies in Germany will be made to deactivate their Facebook fan pages after a report found that sites violated laws on cookies and the GDPR.

30 March 2022

German state body hit with €1.9 million GDPR fine

The Bremen state data watchdog has said a state-owned housing association’s €1.9 million penalty would have been significantly higher if the company had not cooperated extensively with the investigation.

07 March 2022

ECJ to weigh in on SAR tension with trade secrets

An Austrian court has asked the European Court of Justice to resolve questions about the amount of information organisations using algorithmic decision-making must divulge to fulfil subject access requests.

24 February 2022

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