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TTDSG - Telecommunications Telemedia Data Protection Act (Germany)

Official Name

TTDSG or “Telekommunikation-Telemedien-Datenschutzgesetz” translated as the Telecommunications and Telemedia Data Protection Act

Details about the TTDSG

The bill has been in effect since December 1, 2021. 

TTDSG includes regulations regarding:

  • The use of cookies: The sole purpose of the cookie is to facilitate the transmission of a communication over a public telecommunications network; or if the cookie is strictly necessary in order to provide a telemedia service explicitly requested by the user.
  • The rights of inheritors against providers of telecommunication services (Section 3 of the TTDSG – the aim of this provision is not really clear after the German Supreme Court decided on July 12, 2018 – Case III ZR 183/17, that inheritors may claim access to social media accounts of the deceased);
  • Obligations regarding technical and organizational measures of providers of telemedia services, in particular options to always discontinue the use of a service or to use the service anonymously or with a pseudonym and notification obligation if the user is transferred to the service of another provider of telemedia services (Section 19 of the TTDSG – these rules already exist in the current Section 13 of the Telemedia Act)
  • Access to general contractual data processed by providers of telemedia services for the purposes of IP infringement and violations of the Network Enforcement Act (Section 21 of the TTDSG);

Resources about the TTDSG:

  • Official legislation here 
  • Article on our blog here
  • A legal perspective here