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Schleswig-Holstein Commissioner Orders Site Owners To Deactivate Analytics

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

August 19, 2011

The Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (ULD)--the privacy regulator for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein--has told website owners in that state to "shut down their fan pages on Facebook and remove social plug-ins such as the 'like' button" from their sites. In a press release, the ULD said that "after a thorough legal and technical analysis," it concluded that use of such features violates the German Telemedia Act, the Federal Data Protection Act and the Data Protection Act of Schleswig-Holstein. The ULD is giving website owners until the end of September to discontinue use or face consequences. 
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