European Data Protection Digest

Correcting Data Privacy Problems in Online Games

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

September 24, 2010

On 14 September, the Independent Center for Privacy Protection in Schleswig-Holstein released a study about data privacy in online games. Commissioned by the German Ministry for Education and Research, the study examines the extensive practice of collecting personal data from users of online games. On the basis of findings that data is being collected without notice and without legal basis, the study sets forth practical guidelines and instructions for creating, publishing and operating games in accordance with data privacy protections found in German law. Additionally the study informs online game users about their data privacy rights. (Article in German.)
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