Damages now also threatened in the event of GDPR violations



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Damages added as incalculable cost risk

Munich Regional Court hands down landmark ruling

For website operators, the risk of unexpected payments increases significantly. A violation of the GDPR not only threatens a fine of 4% of the annual turnover or 20 million euros, but for the first time in Germany, a website visitor is awarded damages. The Munich Regional Court awarded a plaintiff one hundred euros in its ruling of 20.1.2022. That sounds manageable at first. However, since websites usually have more than one visitor, a new risk opens up for many website operators. The defendant has integrated Google Fonts on the website and has not obtained permission from the users to pass on data to Google in the USA. There are alternatives: Google Fonts can be installed locally on the server, for example. This means that no data is transferred, e.g. the user's IP address, to Google.