Region: Germany

GDPR roundup: French yearly report, facial recognition, credit agencies and more

This latest roundup of activity by European data protection watchdogs shows that they remain busy enforcing and advising on a range of issues.

09 June 2020

Deutsche Telekom and SAP coronavirus app wins over German data regulators

The designers of Germany’s contact-tracing app have labelled data protection concerns related to the app as “unfounded”, while the country’s data regulators have told GDR they are happy with the app’s privacy safeguards.

08 June 2020

ECJ to review data protection collective actions

The German Federal Court of Justice has referred questions to Europe’s highest court about how consumer protection organisations can file lawsuits on behalf of data subjects.

29 May 2020

Planet49 cookies saga ends

Germany’s highest court has found against online lottery provider Planet49, in a ruling which implements a landmark European Court of Justice decision on cookie consent.

28 May 2020

German air passenger data decisions en route to ECJ

A German court has referred two passenger data cases to the European Court of Justice to determine whether the PNR Directive and its German implementation comply with European law.

22 May 2020

Hamburg attempts to snatch Big Tech investigations from Ireland

The influential Hamburg data protection authority has called for changes to the European one-stop-shop mechanism, suggesting that lead authorities that delay big investigations should be forced off cases by other concerned regulators.

22 May 2020

GDPR roundup: fines, TikTok, Apple, covid-19 and more

European data regulators appear to be making good on their promise to continue their work, with a noticeable uptick in enforcers’ activity across the continent.

21 May 2020

Contact-tracing approaches diverge worldwide

As governments and people across the world seek an exit strategy to coronavirus lockdown, contact tracing apps have been touted as a powerful tool – but data privacy concerns have led to differing approaches by health authorities.

06 May 2020

German watchdog hits back at coronavirus draft law

Germany’s federal data regulator has warned against proposed powers to combat the spread of covid-19 – saying the amendments to the country’s emergency health law curtail fundamental rights.

26 March 2020

Bremen data regulator stifled by lack of resources

The head of a German state data protection authority has complained the watchdog has been held back from enforcing the GDPR due to a lack of resources – but has promised more action soon.

24 March 2020

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