Region: Germany

Lower Saxony rejects legitimate interest for targeted advertising

The German state of Lower Saxony has fined a bank €900,000 for using customer data for targeted advertising, in what could be the first drawing of regulatory boundaries in the area.

03 August 2022

EU watchdogs criticise chat control regulation

The EDPS and EDPB have adopted a joint opinion on a regulation proposal to combat child sexual abuse online and found it presents serious risks for fundamental rights.

01 August 2022

German court rules EU subsidiaries no defence against Schrems II

A German procurement court has expanded the impact of Schrems II by ruling that even the hosting of data by European subsidiaries of US companies constitutes an unacceptable risk to the digital rights of EU citizens.

28 July 2022

VW fined €1 million for missing signs on test car

Lower Saxony’s data regulator has fined Volkswagen €1.1 million for shortcomings in the operation of a test car that was used to trial new driver assistance systems.

26 July 2022

Berlin watchdog probes web hosting services

The Berlin regulator has opened an investigation into the lawfulness of standard processing agreements used by large web hosting services.

19 July 2022

German businesses face barrage of small claims over US transfers

German regulatory prohibitions on companies’ use of US-based online services has led to a wave of claims for compensation by individuals – with many businesses feeling as though they have little choice but to pay up.

12 July 2022

German spyware law faces constitutional challenge

An NGO has filed a constitutional complaint against the use of spyware by German intelligence services.

08 July 2022

Cologne court expands Google GDPR liability

The Regional Court of Cologne has held that Google’s US parent and Irish subsidiary are jointly liable for responding to right to be forgotten requests.

05 July 2022

DPOs can have special protection under national employment law

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the GDPR does not prevent member states from putting in place laws allowing for the dismissal of data protection officers only if there is just cause.

22 June 2022

Hesse devises Schrems-compliant Zoom use

Hesse’s data watchdog has approved a workaround for universities looking to use video-conferencing services in the wake of the Schrems II decision.

20 June 2022

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