Surviving the Germans’ extreme online privacy

Moving from Israel to Germany, DW’s Dana Regev was surprised to learn just how seriously Germans take their privacy. Here’s how she survived.

Before scolding me for this headline alone, allow me to stress that I fully support people’s efforts to protect their own data, and gain control over how their personal information is being used by organizations, businesses or governments.

Apple, for example, is currently facing harsh criticism by European privacy activists who say the company uses software that tracks the behavior of iPhone users.

A Vienna-based group called NOYB has even asked data protection authorities in Germany to examine the legality of unique codes that they say amount to tracking without users’ knowledge or consent, a practice banned under strict European Union privacy rules.

But if you’re used to less strict privacy rules, you might be in for a surprise around Germans.