DPAs Publish Social Networking Decision
PRIVACY LAW—GERMANYDecember 21, 2011
Bird & Bird reports on a decision published by the Düsseldorfer Kreis, an informal body of all German Data Protection Authorities (DPAs), regarding how Germany's data protection rules apply to social networks. In addition to applicability of the rules, the decision addresses such issues as "strict conditions for companies using fanpages and/or which include 'like-buttons' on their websites," the report states, noting the DPAs agree "such companies are themselves responsible if the operator of a social network collects user data in a noncompliant way." Referencing recent controversy about the use of such tools, the report notes the Düsseldorfer Kreis "has now expressly supported the view of the DPA in Schleswig-Holstein."