Only five days after the GDPR became applicable, the first German court, the Regional Court ( Landgericht ) Bonn (in a decision dated 29 May 2018, case number 10 O 171/18 – in German only), issued a ruling on the practical application of the GDPR.
The court was called upon to rule in an interim injunction proceeding about the data minimization principle set forth in Art. 5 (1) lit. c) GDPR. The Parties to the proceeding were the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) against the German-based, ICANN-accredited Registrar EPAG Domainservices GmbH.
The court ruled that ICANN could not show credibly that the collection of data on administrative contact persons of domains is necessary pursuant to Art. 5 (1) lit c) GDPR and therefore that EPAG is not obligated to collect such data.