BvD warns: companies must accommodate the new data protection regulation in due time

Data protection amendment harbours many pitfalls

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR) after 2018, the planned follow-up agreement to “Safe Harbour” and, among other, the anticipated June judgement on the storage of IP addresses will pose great challenges to companies. “The decisions harbour many legal and technical pitfalls”, said BvD Chairman of the Board Thomas Spaeing.

The new EU-GDPR will immediately require fewer companies to appoint an internal data protection officer. “But the new rules will also impact on small and medium-sized companies”, warned Spaeing. He recommends consultation with data protection experts to avoid drastic sanctioning by supervisory authorities. “This may also be a competitive advantage”, said Spaeing. “Because customers want their data to be secure at companies and partners.”

Spaeing at the same time also appealed to the Federal government to, within the framework of escape clauses in Germany, regulate the appointment of data protection officers as in the past. “Many companies and official departments will need the know-how of data protection experts in order to cope with court rulings and new data protection developments.” Only appointed data protection officers will be in a position to guarantee up to date data protection and security in the economy and administration.

Schedule note

Around 200 data protection experts will meet at the BvD-Verbandstag [Association Day] in Berlin on 21 April, 2016, for discussions and perspectives on the new EU-GDPR and the growing data protection requirements by authorities, companies and supervisory authorities. Guests will include, among other, Andrea Voßhoff, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and her predecessor and Chairman of the European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection, Peter Schaar.

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