In the decision of August 13, 2018 on GZ: DSBD123.077/0003-DSB/2018, the data protection authority had to deal with the question of whether there is a right to delete contributions made by a data subject in the context of a discussion forum below an online newspaper article. It was beyond doubt that the online article as such was subject to the copyright law set forth in Section 9 para. 1 of the German Data Protection Act (DSG). With reference to the case law of the ECJ, it was stated that – in order to take into account the importance of the right to freedom of expression in a democratic society – terms such as journalism must be interpreted broadly. Against this background, the privilege under Section 9 para. 1 DPA should be considered according to the understanding of Union law and may also include “citizen journalism” (such as Internet discussion forums). In particular, it had to be taken into account that contributions by other users (in the form of replies or “discussion trees”) were also linked to the contributions of the person concerned. Therefore, the complaint had to be dismissed. This decision is legally binding.