Germany: Data Protection Act Implementing the GDPR

The Bundestag adopted the government’s draft of a new Federal Data Protection Act, based on the EU General Data Protection Regulation, on April 27, 2017. The new act, which retains the title “Federal Data Protection Act – Bundesdatenschutzgesetz”, has been forwarded to the federal council for the confirmation of the parliament. 

In a hearing of the internal committee on March 27, 2017, some experts expressed concerns that the new act will possibly not meet the requirements of the European regulation. 

“[T]he draft law was certainly the result of intensive deliberations … At the same time, however, I see a significant need for improvement,"  said Andrea Voßhoff, the federal commissioner for data protection and information freedom (BfDI).

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