Germany

German Federal Court of Justice: Compliance Management System can lead to reduction of a...

The German Federal Court of Justice ruled that a compliance management system can reduce a fine. What are the prerequisites?

German Federal Labor Court: Employer cannot use information from secret keylogger software as evidence...

Information obtained via a keylogger software secretly installed on an employee's computer cannot be used as evidence in court - some exceptions apply.

German Federal Constitutional Court preliminarily prohibits prosecutors’ use of documents seized at investigating law...

On 26 July 2017 the German Constitutional Court ordered a restraint on the use of law firm seizures. The Court held that Munich Prosecutors could - for the time being - not assess the material they had seized in the course of a dawn raid at a law firm's office.

New Transparency Register Will Affect Many German Companies

On 26 June 2017 the new German anti-money laundering act has entered into force. Besides inter alia meeting increased risk demands and the intensified financial penalties, the 4th EU AML Directive prescribes a transparency register in the foreseeable future.

German Data Retention Obligations Suspended

On 28 June 2017, the German telecommunications regulator decided to suspend enforcement of the provisions of the German Telecommunications Act which required providers of publicly available telephone services for end users and providers of publicly available internet access services for end users to retain certain metadata from 1 July 2017 onwards.

European Union introduces European Public Prosecutor’s Office to fight crimes against the EU

20 EU Member States agreed to implement the European Public Prosecutor's Office, a new European institution for the prosecution and investigation of crimes against the EU budget.

Compliance Benchmark 2017: Quantifying the Fundamentals

We have summarized the results of the compliance studies of the past 12 months and summarized the results in this post. Find out how you measure up against the benchmark.

Baker McKenzie releases Anti-Bribery Laws Handbook 2017 edition

We are very pleased to present you the latest edition of our Global Overview of Anti-Bribery Laws Handbook, updated with detailed information about key legislative and enforcement activity in the anti-bribery and corruption sphere.

German Competition Law Amendment came into force

On June 9 2017, the 9th amendment to the German Competition Act (ARC) finally comes into force. The main reason behind this substantial change of German competition law was the implementation of the EU directive 2014/104/EU on Antitrust Damages Actions.

Insight into the New German Federal Data Protection Act Supplementing the GDPR

The German Parliament approved the draft of a new Federal Data Protection Act in order to align the German data protection law with the requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulation and to make use of the opening clauses of the GDPR.

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