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North Rhine-Westphalia: Consumer Advice Centre brings action against Google over cookie banners design

The Consumer Advice Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia announced, on 6 April 2022, that it had brought action before the Berlin Regional Court against Google LLC in relation to the design of the cookie banners on google.de. In particular, according to the Consumer Advice Centre, Google's cookie banners violate national regulations, namely the Federal Act on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia ('TTDSG'), and EU requirements.

Specifically, the Consumer Advice Centre highlighted that rejecting the processing of cookies is considerably more complicated than granting comprehensive consent, so that users only have to click once to agree to all cookies, whereas they have to go to a second level of the banner to reject them, and individually reject at least three different categories of cookies before Google accepts these settings and users can return to the homepage. Further to this, the Consumer Advice Centre argued that Google uses dark patterns so that visitors give their consent as comprehensively as possible.

You can read the press release, only available in German, here.

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