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A regional court in the German city of Munich has ordered a website operator to pay €100 in damages for transferring a user’s personal data — i.e., IP address — to Google via the search giant’s Fonts library without the individual’s consent.

The unauthorized disclosure of the plaintiff’s IP address by the unnamed website to Google constitutes a contravention of the user’s privacy rights, the court said, adding the website operator could theoretically combine the gathered information with other third-party data to identify the “persons behind the IP address.”

The violation amounts to the “plaintiff’s loss of control over a personal data to Google,” the ruling issued by Landgericht München’s third civil chamber in Munich read.

Google Fonts is a font embedding service library from Google, allowing developers to add fonts to their Android apps and websites simply by referencing a stylesheet. As of January 2022, Google Fonts is a repository for 1,358 font families and is used by over 50.1 million websites.

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