German town officials stop children’s letters to Santa Claus because of GDPR; European Commission reacts

Razvan Zamfir 22/11/2018 | 16:47

Officials in the German town of Roth have stopped children from putting their Christmas wishes on a public tree because it would violate the EU’s data protection laws, according to the German press.

However, a spokeswoman from the EU Commission told Politico that it was not the case.

”Santa Claus should have the contact details of a family in order to deliver the presents indicated on the wish list he received — provided the parents agree, in the case of minors. These have been the rules for the past 20 years and the General Data Protection Regulation has not changed this situation,” she said.

Welt said putting Christmas wishes on a tree in Roth has been the tradition for years. Now, according to the German newspaper, town officials are looking for another solution to connect local children with Santa.

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