German court: Gmail is a telecommunications service




Google Gmail in Germany must register as telecommunications service and, if the court of the German city of Cologne has decided. The ruling could have major implications for Internet services in Germany, including the requirements for data protection and withdrawals.

The verdict has been pronounced on November 11 by the Verwaltungsgericht Köln Wednesday but only published. Gmail is a telecommunications service as defined by the German Telecommunications Act and should therefore be at the telecom authority so notified, reads the judgment. Google can still appeal. It is not known whether the company will make use of this but it is quite probable.

The telecom authority, the Bundesnetzagentur, located since 2012 with Google at loggerheads over the issue. Google defended himself by stating that in e-mails does not have control over the technical signal on the open internet. The court went into it here.

“Even if Google for signal transmission does not use its own telecommunications network, but the open Internet, which transfer is mainly attributable to the mail service,” said the court. The decision could have major implications for Internet services in the country. They have to deal with more rights and obligations, including in the area of ​​the meet calls from the government. According to Heise urge telecom providers like Deutsche Telekom already longer at aligning the rules for telecom services with those of Internet services.


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