What it is about and what you should do
Many website operators are currently receiving warning letters because they allegedly violate personal rights by using Google Fonts. These letters come from the lawyer Kilian Lenard for Martin Ismail. In this article we want to clarify what exactly Google Fonts is, what the legal situation is and what this means for those affected.
What are Google Fonts?
Google Fonts is an interactive directory with numerous fonts, which Google provides for free use. Google Fonts has been around since 2010 and has been updated over the years. Every operator of a website can use Google Fonts freely without paying license fees. Google Fonts offers the option to embed fonts on the website without uploading them to the own server. In this case, however, when a user calls up the website, the corresponding fonts are reloaded via a Google server. As a result, data is also transferred to Google. Google Fonts can also be integrated locally on your own website, which disconnects the connection to the Google server and prevents data transmission to Google.
The legal situation
Consequences for those affected
We assume that Kilian Lenard and other warning lawyers have sent out thousands of such letters, so that it would appear that they are abusing their rights.
Nevertheless, if your website uses Google Fonts, you should ensure that these are integrated locally on your server. We will be happy to support you in implementing this in compliance with the DSGVO.
No problem! We will be happy to help you with the implementation.