Germany Eases Restrictions on Certain Privacy Class Actions

It is about to get a little easier for some groups in Germany to challenge companies’ privacy practices. On December 17, 2015, the German Parliament passed a new act that permits certain associations to file privacy class actions. Dr. Christian Schröder, an Orrick partner based in Düsseldorf, spoke with the Cybersecurity Law Report regarding the changes, the expected impact and how the German legal system differs from the U.S. class action process. See also “Seventh Circuit Reopens a Door for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Class Actions” (Jul. 29, 2015); and “Lessons From the 2013 Target Data Breach: What Future Resolutions of Large-Scale Data Breaches May Look Like” (May 6, 2015).

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