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Is YouTube DSGVO compliant?


According to the YouTube Terms of Use, the service is provided by YouTube LLC, USA. Thus, it is already subject to the consent requirement due to the transfer of data to an insecure third country pursuant to Article 44 of the GDPR (cf. ECJ ruling on the Privacy Shield and the Cloud Act).

Solution approach:

Instead of the YOUTUBE code, place a thumbnail on your own website and link it to the YOUTUBE video. This way, the notification problem is transferred to the operator of YOUTUBE.
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Using Google Maps on your Website

The General Data Protection Regulation does not allow a Google map to be displayed immediately after a page is loaded without the user's consent. And on 1.10.2019, the ECJ had ruled that the active consent of the user is required for the setting of cookies.

For this reason, it is mandatory to point out the use of cookies even before the actual website is loaded and the user must actively give their permission. The notice must include a reference to the privacy policy of the respective page. The privacy policy must include a reference to the use of Google Maps. 

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Embedding external Google fonts violates Art. 5 (1) DSGVO.


Many websites use external Google fonts. If you embed Google fonts as Google suggests, connections to Google servers are established. The fonts are thereby loaded from a Google server and this is not DSGVO compliant. The integration of dynamic web content such as Google fonts from US web services is illegal without the visitors' consent. This was decided by the Munich Regional Court in a ruling (Ref. 3 O 17493/20). Website operators can be sued for injunctive relief and damages. Operators should only embed Google fonts locally so that no connection to US servers can be established.

Why not use external Google Fonts?
By default, Google Fonts loads the fonts from the Google CDN.
In the process, some data is transmitted to Google. For example:

  • Your IP address
  • the visited website
  • the device or model used
  • the browser used

This allows Google to create a user profile of you and, for example, display relavant advertising. As a result, the use of Google Fonts usually violates the GDPR, depending on the use case.
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New website online

For technical reasons, the website of the "European Conference" had to be completely relaunched at short notice. With the launch of this site, the old pages will be switched off and are no longer accessible.


Since the "move" had to take place surprisingly and more or less unprepared, there will be one or the other construction site in the next weeks. Therefore we would like to apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions, criticism or suggestions, please send an email to the webmaster or make an entry in the corresponding form (in preparation). We are grateful for every hint.
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