European Data Protection Digest

Court: Companies Not Responsible for Facebook’s Use of Data

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

October 10, 2013

A German administrative court has ruled that German companies are not legally responsible for the way Facebook processes the personal data of people visiting the companies’ Facebook fan pages, PC World reports. In November 2011, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ULD) for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein ordered companies to deactivate their Facebook fan pages or face fines, alleging Facebook violated German data protection rules by using users’ personal data for commercial purposes. Three organisations sued the ULD for the right to use Facebook, and the court has ruled that the plaintiffs “are not responsible because they neither have access to the data on a legal nor on a factual basis.”
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