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German court says Facebook’s real name policy is illegal

A German court ruled that Facebook’s real name policy is illegal and that users must be allowed to sign up for the service under pseudonyms to comply with a decade-old privacy law. The ruling, made last month but only now being announced, comes from the Berlin Regional Court and was detailed today by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (abbreviated from German as VZBV), which filed the lawsuit against Facebook.

Facebook says it will appeal the ruling, but also that it will make changes to comply with European Union privacy laws coming into effect in June, according to Reuters. “We are working hard to ensure that our guidelines are clear and easy to understand, and that the services offered by Facebook are in full accordance with the law,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Source: German court says Facebook’s real name policy is illegal – The Verge

Can you appoint in-house legal counsel as a DPO? – Guidance from Germany

Under the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will start to apply on 25 May 2018, many companies will be required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Violating the requirements relating to the appointment of a DPO can be sanctioned with fines of up to EUR 10 million or up to 2 percent of the total worldwide annual turnover, whichever is higher.

Source: Can you appoint in-house legal counsel as a DPO? – Guidance from Germany

2018 global legislative predictions in privacy

Taking a look at the activities of 2017, it’s clear that the coming year will see lots of movement on the privacy front. This week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup consists of contributions from around the globe on expected and potential legislation. With more than 20 entries coming in from countries and regions spanning Argentina to Zimbabwe, hopefully we’ve hit on some important upcoming developments you should have on your radar.

Source: 2018 global legislative predictions

Facebook’s data collection faces antitrust charge in Germany

Facebook is using its position as the dominant social network to illegally track users across the internet and reinforce its might in online advertising, according to the preliminary conclusions of a probe by the German competition authority published Tuesday.

Source: Facebook’s data collection faces antitrust charge in Germany – POLITICO

Germany’s GDPR implementation law, it’s just the beginning

The EU data protection reform package consisting of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (in German: Datenschutz-Grundverordnung, DS-GVO) and the Police Directive (EU) 2016/680 (in German: Datenschutzrichtlinie für Polizei und Strafjustiz) will be implemented in Germany essentially by the Data Protection Adaptation and Implementation Act (in German: Datenschutz-Anpassungs- und Umsetzungsgesetz EU, DSAnpUG-EU).

Source: Germany’s GDPR implementation law, it’s just the beginning

New Case Law on Restrictions for Employee Monitoring in the Workplace in Germany

According to the German Federal Labor Court, Germany’s highest court for employment disputes, German employers are not allowed to monitor employees in the workplace without a concrete suspicion of a criminal violation or, in some cases, a serious breach of duty. This means that employer monitoring of an employee’s computer usage without a concrete suspicion, including the use of keylogging software that records all keyboard entries made at a desktop computer does not comply with German data privacy laws. Courts may exclude evidence obtained under violation of German data privacy laws from their proceedings.

Source: New Case Law on Restrictions for Employee Monitoring in the Workplace in Germany | HL Chronicle of Data Protection

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