The German Federal Court (BGH) has asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to rule on legal questions concerning the storage of dynamic (temporary) IP addresses. The issue has arisen in proceedings brought by a politician from the German Pirate Party against the Federal Republic of Germany in which he claims that the Republic stored the IP addresses of Pirate Party website users without consent, contrary to data protection laws. The ECJ is being asked to rule on whether dynamic IP addresses can be interpreted as personal data, even if the IP address holder can only be identified with the aid of a third person. A yes answer from the ECJ could have far-reaching implications, not least on the question of the admissibility of web-analytics.

News release – German Federal Court of Justice and Internet Law article (October 2014)