Class actions for privacy violations becomes a reality in Germany

Sondersitzung BundestagThe German Government approved the draft law to improve enforcement of certain data protection law provisions that aim to strengthen consumers’ protection. The law was published on February 17, 2016 and entered into force on February 24, 2016. In particular, the law empowers consumers and business associations to commence actions against (and issue warnings to) companies who impermissibly collect, process or utilize personal data.

The law, “Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Verbesserung der zivilrechtlichen Durchsetzung von verbraucherschützenden Vorschriften des Datenschutzrechts” (Bill to improve the enforcement by civil action of consumer provisions of data protection) is available (in German) at http://www.bgbl.de…

More information is available at http://www.dataprotectionreport.com…

For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal

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