Data Protection Policy

Data protection is an area of growing importance with regard to internet services. There are a number of legal questions which need to be tackled including: which data can be stored? Who can store data? For how long can they store it and for what purposes? To whom can the data be forwarded and for what purposes? You must provide visitors to your website with answers to these questions in a clear data protection policy document.

Typical problems arise where your website utilises Google Analytics or Facebook’s ‘like button’. Further details you need to provide in your data protection policy document include the extent to which you use customer information to send newsletters, whether you forward personal information to logistics and transportation companies and how personal information of debtors to the company will be handled.

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Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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