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GDPR violations now also carry the threat of damages


Damages added as an incalculable cost risk

Munich Regional Court issues groundbreaking ruling

The risk of unexpected payments increases significantly for website operators. In the event of a breach of the GDPR, there is not only a fine of 4% of annual turnover or 20 million euros, but for the first time in Germany, a website visitor will be awarded damages. In its ruling on January 20, 2022, the Munich Regional Court awarded a plaintiff one hundred euros. That sounds manageable at first. However, since websites usually have more than one visitor, this opens up a new risk for many website operators. The defendant has integrated Google Fonts on the website and has not obtained permission from users to transfer data to Google in the USA. There are alternatives: Google Fonts can, for example, be installed locally on the server. This means that no data is transferred, e.g. the user's IP address, to Google.