Region: Germany

ECJ urged to restate data retention rules – again

A European Court of Justice advocate-general has reiterated that member states’ bulk data interception could breach EU law.

18 November 2021

German government says GDPR fines can’t be directly issued against companies

Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior has sided with a previous German court decision that would limit the availability of corporate GDPR fines.

08 November 2021

German court expands SAR rights

A German court has ruled that copies of emails are covered by GDPR subject access requests.

15 October 2021

German court reverses GDPR burden of proof

A German court has held that data controllers need to demonstrate their compliance with data processing rules – potentially paving the way for a shift in European data breach complaints.

27 September 2021

Second German court refers non-material damages question to ECJ

Germany’s highest employment law tribunal has requested a European Court of Justice ruling on non-material damages under the GDPR – months after an Austrian court and a separate German court made similar references.

16 September 2021

Noyb seeks to topple cookie paywalls

Privacy NGO Noyb says subscriptions that remove cookie-based tracking breach GDPR consent rules, despite a previous decision from Austria’s data watchdog that greenlit these practices.

17 August 2021

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

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