Google Fonts warning wave

At the moment (once again) a wave of warnings is sweeping through Germany. Many website operators are insecure and afraid when using Google Fonts to be warned. Yet what's the deal with this wave of warnings on yourself and what can be done if affected? We want to clarify these questions in this blog post.

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  • Google Fonts warning wave
  • Google Fonts warning wave
  • Google Fonts warning wave
  • Google Fonts warning wave
Google Fonts warning wave
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What are Google Fonts?

Google Fonts provides a library of over 1455 open source (free source) font families. These can over APIs (interfaces) remote (without being stored on the server, they are connected via an interface), but also local (the font is stored and tapped on the server) can be included in a CSS or HTML code to create the Display typeface of a website. Since she free of charge may be used and at the same time have a good documentation feature, they will be on very used on many websites.

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What is it about now?

That District Court of Munich has in January 2022 a serious Verdict like, in which a plaintiff 100.00 € (plus interest) awarded damages to an Operator of a website due to the use of Google Fonts and those associated with it Transfer of his private data to the USA, sued. However, it works only for remotely integrated Google Fonts – locally stored Google Fonts are not affected.

Since this verdict, there have been several waves of warnings that refer to this very verdict as a precedent. To what extent this mass warning as serious or dubious is to be assessed, a court must judge in the end, but are very many independent lawyers for sure, that the mass warning is to be classified as dishonest. The interesting thing about the warning is that it is relative to a warning small amount and the institution(s) that set them in motion. Many experts are sure, that the warning, in particular with the low calculated amount comparable to other warnings, leads to the fact that most Let the operator of a website get carried away into paying the amount and not having to take any legal action of their own.

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Who is behind a warning?

As a rule, so-called reminders Warning law firms off, the one or more mandates represent. In relation to the current Google Fonts warning wave, the law firms stand out RAAG (representing the client Wang Yu) and the Office of Kilian Lenard (representing the client Martin Ismail) out of here.

How should you react if you are warned?

In general, no information can be given here, everyone has to be examined by our experts and external lawyers on a case-by-case basis and then into Agreed with us will. 

In addition, the Google fonts should be integrated locally immediately after receiving the warning. This our experts can take over with manageable effort, if the technical know-how is not available here.

Afterward either consult a lawyer, who takes care of the matter, or You answer yourself. A solid document, what the net as Template circulated, can be found here: https://www.schreiner-lederer.de/download/muster/muster-googlefontsabmahnung.pdf

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Conclusion

The current wave of warnings is from our point of view pure greed for profit and all defendants should defend themselves against it. Regardless, it is as Website operator required to find out about the latest requirements in the Data protection always up to date to keep. In In our newsletter , new data protection topics are highlighted at an early stage and informed our customers about it. We can also advise you independently and individually, just contact us!

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Christian Eichinger
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