Via Deutsche Welle

The German Weather Service (DWD) will no longer be allowed to provide general weather forecasts in a free mobile phone app after a federal court ruled in favor of a private firm on Thursday.

The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe said the national meteorological service will only be permitted to offer extreme weather warnings for free and that a DWD app offering general weather forecasts must contain advertisements or be purchased by users.

Karlsruhe - Bundesgerichtshof (picture-alliance/dpa/S. Gollnow)

The federal court ruled against the DWD

The case came about when a lawsuit was filed by private provider WetterOnline against the DWD.

Unfair advantage

The private Bonn-based firm considered the DWD app anti-competitive as it put commercial providers at a disadvantage since they could not provide the information for free.

Until now, the DWD offered an application that could be used to retrieve not only severe warnings but also general forecasts.

The judges in Karlsruhe ruled in favor of the private firm as the German Weather Service, based in Offenbach, Hesse, had exceeded the legal mandate for its activities with this offer and wanted to limit the DWD’s activities to protect private competitors.

jsi/sms (AFP, dpa)

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