Region: Germany

Office 365 data protection under attack again

German data protection officials have followed in the footsteps of EU and Dutch regulators by raising concerns about data protection issues with Microsoft’s Office 365 software.

05 October 2020

H&M hit with second-largest GDPR fine to date

Hamburg’s data protection authority has slapped clothes retailer H&M with a €35 million fine over its workplace surveillance practices, despite praising the company’s “unprecedented acknowledgment of corporate responsibility”.

01 October 2020

Hamburg fights narrow processing judgment

Hamburg’s data watchdog is fighting a court ruling that stopped it from enforcing against the owner of an insolvent hospital’s premises that contained unsecured patient data.

27 August 2020

German cookie crackdown begins

German regulators have launched a large-scale investigation into cookie consent practices, starting with the country’s media organisations.

24 August 2020

Hamburg threatens Clearview with fine over “evasive” responses

Hamburg’s data protection authority will fine embattled facial recognition provider Clearview AI unless it answers the regulator’s questions.

20 August 2020

Germany refers right to be forgotten case to ECJ

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has ruled on two right to be forgotten cases – referring one to the European Court of Justice and siding with Google on another.

28 July 2020

German competition regulator calls for smart TV data overhaul

Following a report criticising smart TV data collection, Germany’s antitrust authority has proposed extensive reform to the industry’s practices.

21 July 2020

Telecoms law needs stricter data rules, says German regulator

Germany’s federal data regulator has welcomed a decision from the country’s top court ruling aspects of its telecommunications law unconstitutional for allowing excessive state access to user data.

21 July 2020

Berlin data commissioner takes hardline Schrems position

The shockwave of the Schrems II decision continues as the Berlin data protection authority has suggested that EU companies should move their data from the US to Europe – and that data transfers to the US using standard contractual clauses (SCCs) cannot continue.

20 July 2020

German competition watchdog slams smart TV data collection

Shortly after its triumph over Facebook in a landmark case, Germany’s influential antitrust enforcer has attacked smart TV data collection practices.

03 July 2020

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