The new Federal Data Protection Act, implementation of the GDPR in Germany, by Christian L. Geminn

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Germany was the first Member State to pass a law on the implementation of the GDPR (Regulation (EU) 2016/679; in German: Datenschutz-Grundverordnung, DS-GVO or DSGVO) and on the adaption of national data protection law. The new “Bundesdatenschutzgesetz” (BDSG, Federal Data Protection Act) was officially published in July 2017 and has come into force on May 25th 2018.

Contents :

I- Introduction

II- Data protection Law in Germany

III- The New Federal Data Protection Act

A- Structure

B- Scope of the Act

C. Opening clauses and regularoty mandates of the GDPR

D- Areas of particular interest

  1. Data processing ofr employment-related purposes
  2. video-surveillance
  3. Supervisory authorities
  4. Restrictions of the rights of the data subjects
  5. Representation of data sujects
  6. Data protection officers
  7. processsing of special categories of personnal data
  8. Scoring
  9. Penal  provisions and fines

IV- Conclusion

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Dr. jur. Christian L. Geminn is a senior researcher at Kassel University and Managing Director of the Project Group Constitutionally Compatible Technology Design (provet) at the Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG)

Geminn L. Christian, The new Federal Data Protection Act, implementation of the GDPR in Germany, e-conference on National Adaptations of the GDPR, Blogdroiteuropeen, June 2018, available at


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