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- Subject Access Request: Germany’s highest court widens the scope of data subject access requests in Germany
Germany’s highest civil court, the Federal Court Of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, the FCJ), has just published a decision specifying the scope of data subject access requests (DSARs). The FCJ held that Article 15 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has a broader scope than previously understood in Germany. Pursuant to the court’s decision, Article 15...
- Get your Update on IT & Data Protection Law in our Newsletter (Summer 2021 Edition)
The Summer 2021 Edition of the quarterly IT & Data Protection Newsletter by Reed Smith Germany has just been released: English version German version In this edition we cover the following topics: Update on international data transfers State Labour Court of Baden-Württemberg: No claim for damages for transferring personal data to the United States on...
- Nine (and Counting) Crew Members on Cruise Ship in Germany Test Positive for Coronavirus
Two days ago, five crew members on the M/S Amera cruise ship in Bremerhaven, Germany were diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the German newspaper Buten and Binnen. The delta variant has been confirmed in two of these cases. The ship is operated by the Phoenix Reisen company, which stated that the crew members in question...
- When are Reach Measurement Cookies exempt from the consent requirement?
- Breaking News from Karlsruhe: Progress on the Unified Patent Court (UPC)
The progress on the ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC Agreement) had been delayed due to two constitutional complaints filed before the Constitutional Court in Germany. It was not the first attack on German UPC legislation. A first act of approval had been adopted by the Bundestag in March 2017, but...
- ECHA Begins Consultation on CLH Proposal for Multi-Walled Carbon Tubes, Including Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has begun a public consultation on a harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal for multi-walled carbon tubes (synthetic graphite in tubular shape) with a geometric tube diameter range ≥ 30 nanometers (nm) to 3:1, including multi-walled...
- Germany Changes the Legal Framework to Increase the Number of Works Councils
On June 18, 2021, the German Works Council Modernization Act (Betriebsrätemodernisierungsgesetz) entered into force. This legislation aims at supporting and facilitating the establishment of new works councils in Germany. In order to achieve this purpose, the new law improves, inter alia, protection against dismissal of employees who are initiating the establishment of a works council,...
- German Patents Act (PatG) Receives New Updates
Germany recently passed a reform bill for the Patent Act (PatG) and its new provisions will likely be coming into force sooner rather than later. The reform is particularly relevant for companies from the life sciences sector, which often litigate in this pro-patentee jurisdiction. The modifications to PatG address: Confidentiality concerns. New section 145a PatG...
- Germany: Relief for COVID-19 occupational health and safety
Declining infection figures and progress in the COVID-19 vaccination programme has prompted the German Federal Government to adapt the “SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance” (Corona-ArbSchV) (the Ordinance). The new regulations will come into force on July 1, 2021. The amendments to the Ordinance (see also blogs dated April 20, 2021 and January 27, 2021)...
- New German Law Aims to Strengthen Global Human and Environmental Rights
The law imposes mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence obligations on companies in Germany as of 1 January 2023. By Paul A. Davies, Stefan Bartz, and Alexander Wilhelm On 25 June 2021, the Bundesrat, the legislative chamber of the German Federal States, approved the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (Lieferkettensorgfaltsgesetz). The law now only needs to...
- Geckos use nanotechnology?
A gecko’s amazing ability to cling to walls and ceilings is an ability that scientists have studied for decades. Recent research suggests that the gecko’s abilities owe to 200 nm adhesive hairs on the gecko’s feet. While the traditional definition of nanotechnology requires that the material be...
- German Social Networks Signed Code of Conduct
On March 11, 2009, the operators of Germany’s leading social networks, which include “schuelerVZ,” “studiVZ,” “lokalisten” and “wer-kennt-wen,” signed a 17-page Code of Conduct by the Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Multimedia Service Providers (the “Code”) in order to protect...
- Best in Law Blogs : LexBlog Network : August 31, 2010
While some have wondered if it’s necessary, the US government has stayed out of privacy matters surrounding Facebook and other social networks. The same can’t be said for Germany, which may restrict employers from using Facebook in recruiting. Peter Vogel comments on the story today. Total posts on ...
- E. coli O104, stx2 positive and eae negative (an E. coli other than O157), strikes Germany
I have learned that the E. coli outbreak in Germany, that has killed at least three and sickened some 400, dozens with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, has been caused at least in part by an E. coli other than O157, specifically E. coli O104, stx2 positive and eae negative. I wonder if this German...
- Germany E. coli Outbreak One of Largest on Record
While health authorities in Germany and neighboring countries deal with an outbreak of toxic E.coli, epidemiologists and doctors around the world are monitoring developments in Europe with especially keen interest. Much remains unknown about the outbreak, but this much is clear: It is a very, very...
- Germany Outbreak Puts Spotlight on Raw Produce
As uncertainty continues over the source of Germany’s E. coli outbreak, which as of Thursday had sickened 1,600 people and killed 18, one clear question emerges: If the food source turns out to be cucumbers, tomatoes or lettuce, so far the prime suspects, was it handled according to accepted food...
- FDA: No Recent German Sprouts to U.S.
As the mysterious E. coli outbreak continues to unfold in Germany, U.S. public health officials are boosting surveillance of produce from Germany and Spain. Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce remain suspects for the cause of the outbreak, but over the weekend authorities in Germany added local...
- Are Sprouts Safe?
With the confusing back-and-forth claims and retractions about bean sprouts being the possible culprit in the tragic E. coli outbreak in Germany, it’s not surprising that some people are wondering if they should be eating sprouts at all. For sprout growers, the ironic timing of having sprouts land...
- E. coli O104:H4 – 38 Dead, 824 with HUS, 3351 Ill – Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin with 5
According to the European Food Safety authority, 821 HUS cases, including 24 deaths, and 2,530 non-HUS cases, including 13 deaths, have been reported. Germany reports two new HUS cases and 17 new non-HUS STEC cases. Germany also reports a new HUS death. In Luxembourg, one STEC case developed HUS....
- Death of Arizona Man Possibly Tied To German Sprouts E. coli Outbreak
The death of an Arizona man who traveled to Germany recently may be linked to the huge E. coli O104:H4 sprouts outbreak, according to CDC officials investigating his death. As reported by JoNel Aleccia at MSNBC.com: The man, who was older than 65, died in mid-June, according to Arizona health...