Federal Supreme Court Decides that User Registration Data of
Internet Portals Can Remain Anonymous
In a July 1 decision (source document in German),
the German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) held
that the provider of an internet portal is not obliged to provide
information about user registration data to an individual whose
personal rights have been violated by evaluations published in the
internet portal, because there is no legal basis for such
Orientation Guideline for App Developer and App Provider
The Düsseldorfer Kreis ("Düsseldorf
Circle"), an informal body of all German DPAs responsible for
the private sector, published on June 16 an orientation guideline
(source document in German) regarding the data protection
requirements relevant to app developers and app providers.
GDD Issues Questionnaire for Verifying Compliance with the Safe
The German Association for Data Protection and Data Security
("GDD") issued a questionnaire in May that will enable
German data exporters to document that they have carried out a
verification of compliance of the data importer with the relevant
obligations under the Safe Harbor framework.
Proceedings Against Germany for Failing to Adopt EU Data
Retention Directive Withdrawn
The European Commission has withdrawn the proceedings before the
European Court of Justice against Germany for failing to adopt the
EU Data Retention Directive ("Directive"). The Directive
had been invalidated by the same court in a decision in
April. The European Commission has applied for an order that
Germany will bear the costs of the proceedings.
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Brexit will have fundamental implications for the UK data protection regime. Until Brexit takes place, there will be a period during which its precise form and implications for UK data protection laws are not clear.
Four years after the overhaul of European data protection laws began, the final text of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved in Spring 2016 and the new rules will come into effect on 25 May 2018.
The EU Commission has now formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield arrangement for the legal transfer of personal data from the EU/EEA to the US.
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