Region: Germany

German regulator threatens fines after GDPR audit finds “significant” shortcomings

An audit by Lower Saxony’s data protection authority has revealed that a majority of companies still have work to do to comply with the GDPR, with nearly one in five displaying significant shortcomings.

06 November 2019

Berlin targets privacy by design for first multi-million euro fine

Berlin’s data protection authority has fined German realtor Deutsche Wohnen €14.5 million for infringing GDPR privacy by design and data minimisation rules.

05 November 2019

Hamburg database deletion order overturned

Hamburg’s Administrative Court has overturned an order from the city-state’s data commissioner to delete a police facial recognition database.

29 October 2019

ECJ ruling confirms that cookies need active consent

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the use of tracking cookies requires active consent, affirming recent guidance by top data watchdogs advising against relying on implied consent.

01 October 2019

Berlin data regulator targets subject right violations

Berlin’s data protection authority has fined food delivery company Delivery Hero around €195,000 for violating data subject rights.

19 September 2019

Allen & Overy adds data protection partner in Munich

Allen & Overy has hired Ulrich Baumgartner as partner to lead its German data protection team.

29 August 2019

Facebook antitrust decision struck down by German court

A German court has suspended the Federal Cartel Office’s decision against Facebook due to serious doubts about its legality, but the authority plans to appeal to the country’s top court for its reinstatement.

27 August 2019

Hamburg regulator bans Google from listening to smart speaker audio

In a move seen by some as the German regulator expressing its dissatisfaction with the Irish authority’s oversight of big tech, the Hamburg data authority has triggered an as-yet-unused GDPR provision to circumvent Google’s lead EU authority in banning the company from listening to smart speaker audio.

02 August 2019

ECJ: websites with Facebook Like buttons are joint controllers

The EU’s highest court has ruled that operators of websites that use Facebook Like buttons are joint controllers for website visitor personal data collected and sent to the social media company – but not when it comes to Facebook’s subsequent processing of the data.

29 July 2019

German regulator fines police officer

Baden-Württemberg's data regulator has fined a police officer €1400 after he used a police database for his own purposes.

19 June 2019

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