Germany

Germany: Berlin data protection authority imposes EUR 14.5 million fine for “data cemetery”

On 30 October 2019, the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Berliner Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit – “Berlin DPA”) imposed an administrative fine of about EUR 14.5 million against Deutsche Wohnen SE for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Facts and legal evaluation by Berlin DPA Deutsche Wohnen SE …

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GERMANY: Cloud Computing and trans-border transfers of personal data under review of German DPAs

By Jan Spittka und Jan Pohle While Cloud Computing and other types of trans-border transfers are nowadays vitally important for data processing, the transfer of personal data to third countries (i.e. non-EU/EEA countries) is subject to specific requirements under European data protection law. The data controller, e.g. the company transferring personal data to its affiliates …

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GERMANY: Bavarian Data Protection Authority issues guidance on GDPR Sanctions

On September 1, 2016, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (BayLDA) issued a brief paper outlining the basic principles of the future sanction regime under the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The document is available at the following link: https://www.lda.bayern.de/media/baylda_ds-gvo_7_sanctions.pdf (German-language only). Background The GDPR will become effective on May 25, 2018, after a transition …

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GERMANY: Substantial fines for companies still relying on the now-defunct Safe Harbor Agreement

One of Germany’s state data protection authorities, the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (“DPA”), has announced that it will impose fines on companies which are still relying on the Safe Harbor Scheme. On 6 October 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) declared the Safe Harbor Scheme invalid. In the aftermath, the European DPAs set a grace …

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