Data Protection in Social Networks

The increase of multi-media influences and the urge for permanent communication in our society support the increasing popularity of social networks.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram or XING and the like are meanwhile used in private as well as in job-related areas.

The constant extension of the possibilities of social interaction allows it to upload all kind of data (texts, photos, and videos), exchanging it and sharing it. Concerning data protection, the extensions and changes of the offered possibilities involve certain risks and increasing responsibility for both provider and user.

Embedding social networks in websites, blogs and apps via “Social Media Plugins”, e.g. the “like button” of facebook or the “share button” of Google+, is becoming more and more popular, and therefore a responsible handling of social networks is indispensable.

It is recommended for hosts of websites, deciding to embed social media plugins, to prepare a data protection notice besides the implementation of an imprint, which is adopted to the usage of plugins and provided online.

Furthermore it is recommended for companies to establish rules for the employees that exactly define the handling of social networks and the private e-mail and internet usage to avoid possible threats in a legally secure way.

We can offer you an entire consultation with the relevant expertise about all possible threats and we help you covering yourself in a legally secure way concerning the realization of the needed measures for a data protection compliant usage of social networks.

Concerning the usage of social networks, we offer especially the following services:

  • Preparation of a legal expertise on the usage of social networks based on the legal requirements (especially the GDPR)
  • Disclosure of personal data and awareness concerning data protection
  • Legal opinion on the terms of use for social networks
  • Preparation of conditions of use (GTC) for social networks
  • Preparation of the necessary data protection notice and the imprint
  • Maintaining the personal realm via settings in the user’s profile
  • De-activation of profiles and data deletion
  • Netiquette
  • Arrangement of consents according to data protection standards
  • Website of the company in social networks
  • Preparation of a works agreement or a service agreement on the usage of social networks by employees
  • Jurisdiction on the publication of information in social networks
  • Data protection design of consent declarations and commitment declarations