The Higher Regional Court of Cologne has ruled that, in line with the Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz), internet contact forms require a privacy statement informing the contact seeker about the purpose of the data processing, how long the data will be retained and that she or he can withdraw consent at any time in the future.

The underlying case concerned a dispute between two tax consultants. The Court stated that the defendant did not provide a privacy statement either on the website of the contact form nor on any other website.

Court Ruling (in German)