Region: Germany

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

GDPR certification ball starts rolling

Companies may soon be able to mark their processes as being GDPR-compliant and partially shield themselves from enforcement, as at least six European data protection authorities push forward with certification and code of conduct plans.

04 March 2020

Amazon faces GDPR investigations over lack of message encryption

Max Schrems’ NGO has told regulators that Amazon has failed to implement basic data protection measures for its Marketplace email operations, potentially exposing the IP addresses, email addresses and names of millions of users.

24 February 2020

Hamburg regulator calls for “legal reorientation” of the GDPR

Hamburg’s data regulator has said the GDPR’s one-stop-shop mechanism is “cumbersome, time-consuming and ineffective”, leaving many decisions “on ice”.

14 February 2020

Details of Facebook’s first GDPR fine emerge

Facebook will not contest a €51,000 GDPR penalty it was ordered to pay over its failure to notify a data protection officer.

14 February 2020

Bavaria’s new data regulator keeps fingers crossed for Schrems reversal

Michael Will has just started a five-year tenure as Bavaria’s data protection chief. He spoke to GDR about cooperation, consistency and contractual clauses.

13 February 2020

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