Region: Germany

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

Telecoms regulation doesn’t cover Gmail, ECJ rules

Google’s Gmail service falls outside the scope of EU telecommunications regulation, the European Court of Justice has concluded, shielding the popular email service from data protection and other obligations.

13 June 2019

Privacy NGO files new wave of ad tech complaints

Privacy campaigners have alleged breaches of the GDPR by real-time bidding practices for ads in nine EU countries.

05 June 2019

German enforcer: Innovation in digital economy is all about data access

The head of Germany’s Monopolies Commission has praised Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for investing in innovation – but said they need to grant greater access to rivals.

04 June 2019

German watchdogs issue €500,000 for GDPR breaches

German data protection authorities in 15 federal states have issued almost half a million euro in fines since May 2018, but observers say this amount is still relatively low compared to other countries.

24 May 2019

Police bill violates EU law, says German state authority

Lower Saxony’s data protection authority has said a new police and public order bill remains non-compliant with European data privacy standards, despite recent revisions.

21 May 2019

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