AdBlockWars | Death Star powering up

Media agencies have sent their lobbyists to inform our federal government about the need for action concerning AdBlockers. They claim that adblocking is illegal because a website should be considered a product in its intirety, adds included. Adblockers garble said product by interfering with the website’s software. Fun times ahead. Their last bold move backfired hard …

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WTF is Leistungsschutzrecht

Mai 2017 While the EU copyright reform continues to be delayed, the Landgericht Berlin is consulting the European Court of Justice with regard to the German copyright law for press publishers. It may not be applicable because the EU Commission was not allowed to comment. Der Europäische Gerichtshof (EuGH) in Luxemburg | CC BY 2.0 Cédric Puisney …

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WTF is Auftragsdatenverarbeitung

Image © pixabay The wonderful word Auftragsdatenverarbeitung describes the scenario when a service contractor receives personal data to process it. The principal is responsible for the contractor to adhere to legal regulations. Adherence has to be monitored throughout contract duration and we want to remember the obligation to document all that. This is why Google Analytics provides a Contract …

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WTF is Außergerichtliche Streitschlichtung

Image © pixabay From this day forward it’s going to be only Verbraucherschlichtungsverfahren first! Verbraucherstreitbeilegungsgesetz Because there are so many laws and regulations here in Germany we can squabble about, our courts have a hard time keeping up. Let’s pass another convoluted law to ease their burden, shall we? Here goes: if you are a company and if you have …

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WTF is Privacy Shield

Update 16. May 2017 The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) confirms dynamic IP addresses of website visitors to be personal data protected by law. This is made clear by the highest German court in a judgment today. Topic We have a problem here in Europe, Germany especially. Our data protection law is very strict. We need …

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WTF is Cookie Notice

Image © pixabay Cookies are technically text-snippets stored by your browser. They can contain anything from information if you’re logged into a site (session cookies) to products you are interested in used for behavioral targeting by advertising networks. If your website uses anything different than session and/or first party cookies, you need to inform about it …

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WTF is Routerzwang

Image © pixabay Update September 2017 Most providers construed the law in a way that only new contracts were affected by Routerfreiheit, not existing customers. The Landericht Essen decided that this was not the case. Existing customers can chose their router freely as well. Landericht Essen Get the full decree Im Namen des Volkes (German). Download PDF Update August 2016 As of …

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Image © pixabay If you want to move to Germany and be self-employed and you meet certain criteria, then you most likely will be issued a residence permit (for both you and your family) if you can show that your business will have a positive effect on the German economy. Source How To Germany To receive a …



WTF is Störerhaftung

Image © pixabay Imagine someone breaks into your house and does something illegal like smoking pot. You’re the one to blame because you did not secure your front door appropriately. This is how Störerhaftung works for internet access. And of course this concept is unique to Germany. Have you asked yourself why you need to register to …

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WTF is Widerrufsrecht

According to BGB §355 German consumers are allowed to cancel long-distance contracts ~ like via internet ~ for no reasons. The catch is that you, as a vendor, are obliged to inform the consumer about this right and the deadline ~ 14 days ~ to utilize it. Failing to do so makes you a target for adhortatory letters. This …

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