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Google won an important and rare victory on Thursday, when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that its Gmail service should not be treated as a telecommunications service, dismissing arguments made by Germany’s telecoms regulator.

The ruling means that Google will not be required to register Gmail as a telecoms service and will escape the vast range of data protection and security obligations that apply to telecommunications companies in Germany.

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Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor is Brussels correspondent for Law.com International. He covers EU regulatory affairs and news about law firms in Brussels and other major cities in continental Europe. He can be reached at [email protected] and is on Twitter @simontaylor71

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