Germany: Draft bill published aimed at strengthening protection of consumer's personal data
Published 4 February 2015
The German Federal Cabinet has adopted the “Draft Law on the improvement of civil enforcement of consumer protection provisions of the Data Protection Act”, which will allow civil enforcement of any infringement of those data protection provisions that protect the rights of consumers. A key element of the draft law is the proposal to introduce a right for consumer associations to bring collective actions for certain data protection violations.
As a result of the proposed law, companies processing personal data for one or more of the specified commercial purposes should be prepared to face severe consequences for inadmissible practices.
A copy of the draft law is available here.
What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?
None – for information only at this stage. Financial services companies who operate in Germany should keep up to date with the progress of the draft law.