European Data Protection Digest

Federal Network Agency Fines Companies €500,000

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

February 5, 2010

The German Federal Network Agency has fined companies a total of €500,000, marking the first time it has imposed sanctions for breaching the prohibition on unauthorized telephone advertising and the caller ID requirement for marketing calls, Hunton & Williams' Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports. The agency may impose fines of up to €50,000 for violations of the telemarketing prohibitions and fines of up to €10,000 for suppressing caller identification when making marketing calls. The nine cases, which occurred during the months of December and January and involved services and products related to telecommunications, media and lottery winnings, resulted in fines against both the company that hired the call center and the center itself. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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