Tag Archives: Germany

Berlin Court Condemns Google, Strikes Provisions in Privacy Policy and Terms

On Tuesday, 19 November, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled against Google in a case brought by the Federation of German Consumer Associations (vzbv).  The vzbv had initiated an action for injunction against Google, requesting it to stop using certain clauses in its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.  In Germany, consumer associations have a … Continue Reading

European Council Taps the Breaks–Adoption of EU General Data Protection Regulation Delayed

Only a few days after the leading parliamentary committee waved through the proposed amendments to the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation (see here and here), the EU Member States’ governments have decided to postpone the adoption of the Regulation to 2015.  Germany and the UK, in particular, supported the delay, albeit … Continue Reading

Green Light for Important Changes to German Telecommunications Laws

Germany has passed a law which amends several existing laws, including the Telecommunications Act, clarifying in particular the obligations of telecommunications providers to disclose customer data to law enforcement authorities. The existing disclosure obligations relate to “customer data”, which is data of subscribers collected for the purpose of establishing, regulating the contents of, modifying or … Continue Reading

Google Fined by German Data Protection Authority Over WiFi Data Collection

The data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany, issued an administrative fine in the amount of € 145,000 against Google for its illegal WiFi data collection activities. This fine fell just short of the maximum amount for such fines under German data protection law, which is € 150,000 (in cases of negligence).  Between 2008 and 2010, … Continue Reading

German Government Proposes Cybersecurity Law

Following the German Government’s adoption of a cybersecurity strategy back in February 2011, and only a couple of weeks after the publication of the European Commission’s CyberSecurity Strategy and proposal for a Directive on Network and Information Security (see InsidePrivacy EU Adopts CyberSecurity Strategy and Proposes Network and Information Security Directive, February 7, 2013), Germany … Continue Reading

UN Report Calls for Mandatory Data Retention

By Kurt Wimmer and Josephine Liu The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has released a report warning that terrorists are increasingly using the Internet to spread propaganda, recruit and train supporters, finance their activities, and plan terrorist attacks.  Besides providing an overview of the existing legal frameworks to address terrorists’ use of the … Continue Reading