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Germany Publishes New Draft Rules for Cookies and Similar Technologies

On January 12, 2021, the German Ministry for the Economy and Energy released a new draft Law on Data Protection and the Protection of Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia (TTDSG).

If enacted, the draft law will replace the existing data protection and privacy provisions of Germany’s Telemedia Act and Telecommunications Act (Telemedia Act), including provisions applicable to the use of cookies and similar technologies.

Among other things, the draft law clarifies that a website operator must obtain an end-user’s consent for deploying cookies and similar technologies on the end-user’s device(s), unless the cookies or similar technologies in question are “necessary to provide the service(s) requested by the end user” (Section 22). Moreover, the draft law expressly states that such consent must meet the standards of the GDPR.

Source: Germany Publishes New Draft Rules for Cookies and Similar Technologies | Inside Privacy

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