From Alexa and Google Assistant to Cortana, Siri and Bixby: Viewed with scepticism by technology experts since their market launch in 2015, now academics, the media, regulatory authorities and courts are also turning their attention to the security and data protection issues surrounding intelligent virtual assistants. read more
Judgment in the “Fashion ID” case (C-40/17): operators of websites and apps are jointly liable with Facebook for the fulfilment of all obligations incumbent on data controllers according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). read more
Press release: Unlawful #TwitterSuspension - Spirit Legal LLP enforces claim for injunctive relief at the Landgericht Nürnberg-Fürth against the suspension of a Twitter account due to an election post read more
With its “Custom Audiences” tool, Facebook promises advertisers to target both existing and potential customers directly. However, the ability of Facebook Custom Audiences to let advertisers reduce wastage when deploying their ads is just one side of the coin. The other is the fact that, ever since it was launched back in 2014, doubts have been raised as to the tool’s compliance with privacy laws, in particular by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (BayLDA). read more
The toy “My Friend Cayla” uses Bluetooth to connect to a dedicated smartphone or tablet app, via which it is also connected to the Internet. Something you won’t realise at first is that the doll can listen in on conversations and transmit them over a wireless connection. read more
Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last summer, for the first time a German court – the Landgericht Hamburg – has now determined that simply linking to a website which contains a copyright infringement could in itself constitute a rights infringement. read more
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging service, allowing users to share moments with friends, family and acquaintances 24 hours a day, seven days a week – in real time. But the announcement of recent weeks and the news from Hamburg’s data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar are detracting from all the chat fun – or are they? read more
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