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Germany’s Federal Court Rules on Neutrality for Physician Ratings Websites

Country Correspondent: Michael Laxy

On February 20, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice ordered Jameda, Germany’s most comprehensive online physician comparison site containing anonymous patient ratings for approximately 275,000 physicians, to delete information on a doctor who complained that her privacy had been violated and that the company’s practices were unfair. The court’s verdict argued that Jameda had failed to maintain necessary neutrality by offering benefits to doctors who paid for advertising on the website. Doctor groups welcomed the verdict, stating that websites that allow paid advertising “undermine the idea of transparency.”

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