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German Federal Council requests revisions to the European Commission’s cloud computing strategy
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • December 7 2012

On November 23, 2012, the German Federal Council (Bundesrat or the “Council”) published (in German) its comments on the European Commission’s strategy on cloud computing and also submitted them to the Commission


Facebook keeping it real in Germany
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • March 2 2013

Facebook users in Germany will have to disclose their real names to register for and continue using the social network, after a German court ruled


German data protection commissioners push government towards suspension of U.S. EU safe harbor regime
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany, USA
  • July 24 2013

According to reports by the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, the German data protection commissioners have sent a letter to the German


European Court of Justice rules on German DPA system
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • March 10 2010

On March 9, 2010, the European Court of Justice ruled that the Federal Republic of Germany's practice of "state supervision" over data protection authorities violates EU Data Protection Directive 9546EC


ECJ rules against central register of foreign nationals
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • February 6 2009

On December 15, 2008, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in Case C-52406 Heinz Huber v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, which involved the legality of a database (Central Register of Foreign Nationals) maintained by the German Federal Government containing residence information about European Union citizens who are not German citizens


German court rules on data retention and submits questions to ECJ
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • April 28 2009

On March 16, 2009, the German Administrative Court of Wiesbaden published a February court decision (Az. 6 K 104508 WI) requesting the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to assess the compatibility of the Data Retention Directive (Directive 200624) regarding the retention of telephone and Internet data with basic constitutional rights


European Commission seeks Germany's compliance with ECJ judgment on DPA independence
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • April 7 2011

On April 6, 2011, the European Commission formally requested that Germany immediately comply with a March 9, 2010 judgment (C-51807) by the European Court of Justice (the "Court") concerning the independence of German data protection authorities ("DPAs"


Safe harbor: more stringent requirements for the transfer of data to the USA
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • June 15 2010

When German companies transfer personal data to companies outside the EU then they have to fulfill the stringent requirements of the Federal Data Protection Act


To use or not to use? Federal Court of Justice asks CJEU to evaluate the compatibility of a re-sale of used software licenses with copyright law
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • April 14 2011

The question of whether or not the trade in used software licenses which are passed on to the buyer by way of online download is compatible with copyright law has long been controversially discussed by German courts and legal commentators


Germany under pressure on data retention
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • July 7 2011

Germany’s failure to transpose the EU Data Retention Directive (200624EC) into national law has earned it the ire of the European Commission, which has warned that it could refer the matter to the European Court of Justice if it does not obtain a satisfactory response