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50 Euro pain money per spammail?

The fact that spam mails are usually not a good idea for companies should have been talked about by now. The fact that spam mails can be admonished in principle should be clear to most people – let us say those who are comprehensible to the German judiciary. That spam is not limited to e-mail (see this post) and one is also liable for actions of a service provider ( see thispost) can be read here in the blog. No court has yet had to decide whether spammail, which usually triggers a data breach caused by the storage of the e-mail data, can result in pain money. So far. The district court of Diez must now deal with the issue.

However, the court concludes that it is 50,00 Euro for a spam mail (through an unsolicited newsletter) however appropriate.

Incidentally, the newsletter was one of the most notorious emails from last year, more precisely from 25.05.2018 – when the GDPR became valid. On that day, some lawyer in Germany, possibly drunk from the celebration of the huge revenues due to the creation of data protection declarations, must have advised a large number of companies that because of the GDPR one allegedly new consents for newsletter. A legal view that probably made 99 of the IT lawyers swell on the floor with laughter. However, the applicant took the view that the newsletter sent was inadmissible and, referring to Article 82(1) of the GDPR, claimed at least EUR 500.00 in pain compensation.

The court saw this, fortunately, but differently

 

On the one hand, a serious violation of the right of personality is no longer necessary. On the other hand, it is still not necessary to grant compensation for a minor offence without serious impairment or for any individual inconvenience; on the contrary, the person concerned must have suffered a noticeable disadvantage and it must be concerned with an objectively comprehensible impairment of personal matters with a certain weight […].

 

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However, the district court of Diez considered the already sentenced 50.00 euros to be a given. For the plaintiff, however, the case was nevertheless a loss-making transaction, since he must also bear the costs for the district court of Koblenz, which was initially seised.

 

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Written by Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel specializes in the areas of competition law, copyright law and IT/IP law and specializes in computer games, sports, marketing and streamers/influencers. He supports start-ups in their development, assists them with all legal problems and supports them in business development.

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