Germany is not known to be a country which has a weak data privacy system – it’s even the other way round; our data protection law is known to be one of the strictest in Europe. The discussion about the „Vorratsdatenspeicherung“ (data retention regulation) has kept our politicians and courts busy in the last years.
In their recently held conference, the German Federal and State data protection officers released a Social Network Guidance, addressed to social network providers as well as public authorities. With this document there now exists an “official” and coherent statement on this topic, which may serve the addressees as an orientation on legal and technical data protection aspects of social networks. Thereby the document may contribute to create greater legal certainty for all parties involved.
The German data protection authority "ULD" (state of Schleswig-Holstein) forced Facebook to unblock user accounts by administrative act. Facebook now won in first instance against this act. According to the court order Facebook has to regard Irish data protection law, but not German data protection law.