Region: Germany

German watchdog issues first GDPR fine

Baden-Württemberg’s data protection authority has fined a German social media platform after a hack exposed user email addresses and passwords.

22 November 2018

Consent needed to use Facebook marketing tool, German court says

Bavaria’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision by the state’s privacy watchdog to ban a company from using a Facebook marketing tool.

22 November 2018

Berlin watchdog probes fan page administrators

Berlin’s data privacy commissioner is investigating companies and state agencies that use Facebook fan pages, in the wake of the European Court of Justice’s judgment that held the social media network and the operator of a fan page were joint data controllers.

19 November 2018

Consent required for profiling, German regulators say

Guidelines by Germany’s data protection authorities suggest that most forms of online profiling must be based on explicit consent, rather than legitimate interests.

16 November 2018

Latham nabs Hogan Lovells German lawyer

Latham & Watkins has added a leading data protection and litigation lawyer from Hogan Lovells to its Frankfurt office.

16 November 2018

Public bodies must be transparent on AI and algorithms, German watchdogs say

Nine German data protection commissioners have urged public bodies that use AI and algorithms to adopt a “transparency by design” approach in an effort to improve accountability.

19 October 2018

German internet exchange operator questions legality of state surveillance

The German operator of the world’s largest internet exchange has appealed to the country’s constitutional court, seeking clarity over the legality of a surveillance regime it is subject to.

17 October 2018

Google facing class action and possible probes over Google+ vulnerability

Google is facing a California class action and potential investigations by enforcers in the US and Europe after revealing that a bug in its social media platform Google+ compromised data of 500,000 users.

11 October 2018

Watchdogs unlikely to ever overlook GDPR documentation requirements, says lawyer

Data protection regulators will seldom – if ever – overlook data documentation requirements, regardless of company size, according to Osborne Clarke partner Ulrich Baumgartner.

18 September 2018

ICANN receives third court rejection for data collection requests

A German court has rejected yet another request by the US Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to reconsider previous decisions refusing to force one of its registrars to continue collecting data.

18 September 2018

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