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Google Analytics illegal in Germany?


According to the district court of Munich website operators are allowed to store the IP adresses of their visitors without violating data protection laws (Outlaw, German court says IP addresses in server logs are not personal data). This is the latest opinion in the ongoing debate throughout the EU, whether IP adresses count as personal data or not. Several privacy activists, the district court of Berlin and the EU Article 29 Working Party (Opinion 4/2007 on the concept of personal data) claim they are; the consequence would be that web site statistic programms, including Google Analytics, are illegal if they store IP adresses.


Thilo Weichert, Privacy official in Schleswig-Holstein already contacted several webmasters to inform them about the illegality of their use of Google Analytics. So far he does not warrant fines (ULD: Google Analytics - Verstoß gegen das TMG?).





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