The latest victims of GDPR are the children of Roth, Bavaria. Because of the new EU privacy laws, the German town decided to ditch its traditional ceremony where children hang their Christmas wishlists to Santa on a tree in the market, leaving children heartbroken.
The council lawyer said Brussels red tape introduced in May had left them with no choice to avoid risking a fine.
The tradition in question involves children writing personal details like their name, age and address so that Father Christmas knows where to deliver their presents. Under GDPR this is considered sensitive data for which the local authority must obtain written permission from the parents of the 4,000 children who usually take part, making it clear their data could be shared with third parties (Which includes more people than just Santa himself).
European Commission spokesman said Roth’s interpretation of the GDPR rules had been in ‘no way’ correct. ‘Santa Claus should have the contact details of a family in order to deliver the presents indicated on the wishlist 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.’