Employees working on computers in a warehouse, symbolising the issue of data protection

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On 5 October 2017, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy took up their talks again with business associations and supervisory authorities on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation and the 2018 German Federal Data Protection Act. The aim of the discussions, which were first launched in July, is to support small and medium-sized enterprises in particular in adapting their data processing practices to the data protection standards that will come into effect in May 2018.

State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior Hans-Georg Engelke said: “Implementing the new data protection legislation in such a way that it provides legal certainty presents many companies with a difficult task. This is why we have launched this series of events which allows us to address issues that are particularly important to companies. Together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, we want to provide assistance to German businesses and actively support the implementation process.”

State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Matthias Machnig said: “The General Data Protection Regulation creates largely uniform conditions for competition in the area of data protection within the EU. This is a major achievement. To ensure the successful implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, I believe it is vital that industry and data protection authorities engage in a dialogue at the earliest stage possible. Our meeting therefore aims to facilitate an open exchange on questions regarding the implementation of the legislation. In this way, we will be able to jointly develop practical solutions for SMEs."

Today’s event at the Federal Ministry of the Interior focuses on the information and documentation obligations laid down in the General Data Protection Regulation, on the instrument of data protection impact assessments and the tasks and modus operandi of the European Data Protection Committee. The next event in this series will take place at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Background information:
The General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect on 25 May 2018, following a transitional period of two years. It will provide the relevant data protection rules for all Member States of the European Union. In Germany, the General Data Protection Regulation is supplemented by the new Federal Data Protection Act. It has been fundamentally revised by the EU Data Protection Adaptation and Implementation Act (in german), which was promulgated on 5 July 2017. It creates the necessary legal framework for the General Data Protection Regulation to become fully effective as of 25 May 2018.