The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided on October 1, 2019 that Cookie use on Web sites is only valid with expressly obtained consent (= "cookie opt-in"). After 25.05.2018 in the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation...
On 25.05.2018, the EU data protection basic regulation (DSGVO), which has been in existence for some time, will now become binding. In principle, this law affects almost every website operator and we urgently advise you to deal with the subject, consult legal advice if necessary and check your website to see whether it meets the requirements of the DSGVO. Unfortunately, the whole thing is not a particularly "tempting" topic, but there may be severe penalties for violations of the DSGVO. We will be happy to assist you from a technical point of view if adjustments to your website or web shop become necessary. This could include, for example, the SSL encryption of your website, security updates, cookie hint elements, data protection-compliant integration of social media plugins from Facebook. Google and Co.
However, we are not allowed to offer you any legal advice in this respect and therefore ask you to contact your legal department or corresponding specialist service providers and, if necessary, to consult relevant sources. You will find various sources of information, white papers, explanatory videos and much more on the Internet.
What exactly is necessary for your business purpose, legal form, processes, website must be examined on a case-by-case basis and is difficult to generalize. As an Internet service provider, we cannot in any way provide reliable legal advice or assessments as to how certain passages of the DSGVO are to be implemented in detail and how or when violations of the DSGVO are to be punished. Accordingly, we recommend professional advice on this point.