Since November 2020, Germany has begun to introduce a myriad of media regulatory obligations that will affect a wide range of different media and technology service providers.

Due to the number of new developments and regulatory rules included in several different laws, which apply to multiple services, it can be difficult not to lose track of all requirements. Therefore, we are starting a series that covers the most relevant requirements and to whom they apply, including the impact of the EU country of origin principle.

This post will be regularly updated with new regulatory law updates. The following list includes links to descriptions of the most important updates, sorted by services.

The first update started with the amended German Youth Protection Act, which entered into force on 1 May 2021, with enforcement becoming more likely from Q3/2021 on.

Our second update focused on media platform, interface regulation and content quotas. Relevant for VoD platforms, media compilation apps and services and smart devices/connected devices. 

The third update [2 August 2021] deals with regulations for media intermediaries and social bots. Relevant for social networks, search engines, app stores, video-sharing platforms, media compilation apps and services and smart devices/connected devices. See the relevant sections below.


Social networks

The most important regulatory updates for social networks are summarized in the following posting:

Search engines

The most important regulatory updates for social networks are summarized in the following posting:

Game distribution platforms

The most important regulatory updates for game distribution platforms are summarized in the following postings:

VOD platforms

The most important regulatory updates for VOD platforms are summarized in the following postings:

App stores

The most important regulatory updates for app stores are summarized in the following postings:

Video games

The most relevant regulatory updates for video games are summarized in the following separate postings:

Movies and shows

The most important regulatory updates for movies and shows are summarized in the following posting:

Video-sharing platforms

The most important regulatory updates for video-sharing platforms are summarized in the following posting:

Media compilation apps and services

The most important regulatory updates for media compilation apps and services are summarized in the following postings:

Smart devices/connected devices

The most relevant regulatory updates for smart devices/connected devices are summarized in the following separate postings: 

Messenger services

The most important regulatory updates for messenger services are summarized in the following postings: