German Landtag will no longer use Google Analytics

Fri 19 December 2008 10:22, Bas van den Beld

German “Landtag” Nordrhein-Westfalen has decided it will no longer use Google Analytics for its website. The governmental institution decided on this because of privacy matters.

German website Heise.de reports the decision was made because Google stores the data outside of Germany (in the US) and the Landtag doesn’t know what happens to the data.

German Landtag will no longer use Google Analytics

In Germany the law says that moving data outside the country is only permitted within the EU and then only when it is clear where the data is going. Because Google stores most of its data in the US and German authorities have no idea where this is against the law in Germany.

In Germany there has been a lot of discussion about what Google may and may not know. The issue around Analytics isn't new either, but the decision made by Nordrhein-Westfalen could revive the discussion.

It is not yet clear what this will mean for other German websites. If they are forced to know where the data is stored this could mean more German websites have to remove Google Analytics, but German experts say it won’t come to that. For now it is just a governmental discussion in Nordrhein-Westfalen.


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