On 1 July 2020, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) published the final report on the sector inquiry on smart TVs which revealed serious transparency shortcomings in the privacy policies of all major market players in Germany. The FCO concluded that almost all smart TV manufacturers active on the German market use privacy policies that violate the GDPR. The report is based on survey responses from 21 manufacturers, accounting for almost 100% of smart TV sales in Germany. The surveys addressed market structures and market conditions with special focus on data flows between consumers and manufacturers of smart TVs and their software suppliers, data protection and security in the use of software. The report shows that smart

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