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Beware of misleading letters about Google Analytics

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Recently, mass warnings in connection with the use of Google Fonts have caused considerable unrest. Companies and website operators have been asked to reconsider their use of these fonts because they allegedly violate privacy laws. In fact, the warnings were a fraudulent scam that successfully solicited money from more than 2000 people. The scammers had automatically tracked websites that used Google Fonts and tracked and logged website visits. These visits were then used as a “basis for alleging the data privacy violations and claiming damages for pain and suffering.”

But while these warnings have already caused confusion and concern, there may now be a new attempt, this time with Google Analytics.

A letter from an INFOSTREAM GmbH is currently making the rounds that refers to Google Analytics and not only conveys numerous false legal impressions on the subject of data privacy, but also attempts to “blackmail” a settlement or mediation proposal (….). The special thing about this is that the authors of this letter are not even lawyers. The only threat is the possible involvement of lawyers. Clever. Thus, the authors of the letter believe that they can issue a warning without possibly generating costs for lawyers.

This letter claims that the use of Google Analytics without the express consent of users violates data protection laws. It asks recipients to make a “settlement payment” to avoid legal action. But these claims are misleading and potentially illegal.

First, the legal situation around Google Analytics and data protection is complex and not as clear-cut as the letter suggests. Second, sending such letters with the intent to “extort” payments may itself be an illegal act. While it depends on the exact circumstances, the Legal Services Act could also pose a problem to her for those drafting the letters.

Therefore, it is important that you do not respond to such letters, at least not without first consulting a lawyer. It is advisable to have such letters and the claims associated with them reviewed by a professional before taking any action.

In addition, you should consider involving the public prosecutor’s office. If you believe that you are the target of a fraudulent act, you have the right to report it. The authorities can then investigate and, if necessary, take legal action against the authors of the letter. In summary, it is important to be vigilant and not be intimidated by misleading and potentially illegal letters. If you are unsure, seek professional advice. It is better to be careful than to fall for such tricks. I also know that the letter is currently being forwarded to the relevant bar association for review. facebook 1686133587437 7072156850323263051 002

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel

Marian Härtel is a lawyer and entrepreneur specializing in copyright law, competition law and IT/IP law, with a focus on games, esports, media and blockchain.


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