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BGH: Refer­ral to the ECJ – are con­su­mer pro­tec­tion asso­cia­ti­ons aut­ho­ri­zed to pro­se­cu­te data pro­tec­tion law violations? 

The Ger­man Federal Court of Jus­ti­ce (BGH) has refer­red to the ECJ the que­sti­on of whe­ther Mem­ber Sta­tes may be aut­ho­ri­zed to pur­sue infrin­ge­ments of the GDPR under civil law, i.e. – accord­ing to the BGH’s media release – whe­ther the pro­vi­si­ons of Chap­ter VIII, in par­ti­cu­lar Art. 80(1) and (2) and Art. 84

OLG Stutt­gart: Vio­la­ti­ons of the duty to pro­vi­de infor­ma­ti­on are sub­ject to a warning notice 

In its judgment of Febru­a­ry 27, 2020 (Case No. 2 U 257/19), the Stutt­gart Hig­her Regio­nal Court first sta­ted that it does not fol­low from the GDPR that Mem­ber Sta­tes can­not grant com­pe­ti­ti­on asso­cia­ti­ons a right of action. The GDPR only sti­pu­la­tes that natio­nal law pro­vi­des for a right of action and a right to com­p­lain to a super­vi­so­ry authority.

ECJ i.S. Fashion ID: joint respon­si­bi­li­ty for social plugins 

The ECJ has again ruled on joint respon­si­bi­li­ty in the pre­sent judgment Rs. C‑40/17 of July 29, 2019 i.S. Fashion ID. This is alrea­dy the third judgment on shared respon­si­bi­li­ty in the past year: Judgment Rs. C‑210/16 of June 5, 2018 i.S. Face­book Fanpages/Business Academy

Warning let­ters for vio­la­ti­ons of the GDPR 

Accord­ing to a com­ment on Twit­ter by the data pro­tec­tion com­mis­sio­ner of Baden-Würt­tem­berg, Ger­ma­ny has seen around 1500 warnings for alle­ged vio­la­ti­ons of the GDPR sin­ce Febru­a­ry 2019: @Martin_Raetze Aha. The­re have been over 1,500 warning let­ters sin­ce Febru­a­ry 2019. Don’t you know that? In BaWü, espe­cial­ly doc­tors and their

Abmahn­fä­hig­keit von Ver­sto­ßes gegen die DSGVO: OLG Hamburg 

In Ger­ma­ny, fol­lo­wing the Würz­burg and Bochum Regio­nal Courts, the Ham­burg Hig­her Regio­nal Court (OLG) has now also issued a ruling that deals with the abi­li­ty to issue warning noti­ces for vio­la­ti­ons of the GDPR under Ger­man fair tra­ding law. In the opi­ni­on of the OLG Ham­burg, the GDPR does not con­tain a clo­sed system of sanc­tions that would allow cea­se-and-desist let­ters to be issued.

LG Würz­burg: Vio­la­ti­ons of the GDPR are sub­ject to a warning under the Ger­man Unfair Com­pe­ti­ti­on Act (UWG)

The Regio­nal Court of Würz­burg has ruled that GDPR infrin­ge­ments can in princip­le vio­la­te the Ger­man UWG. § Sec­tion 3a D‑UWG regu­la­tes the “bre­ach of law” rele­vant under unfair com­pe­ti­ti­on law as fol­lows: A per­son acts unfair­ly who con­tra­ve­nes a sta­tu­to­ry pro­vi­si­on that is also inten­ded to regu­la­te mar­ket con­duct in the inte­rest of mar­ket par­ti­ci­pants, and