European Data Protection Digest

Court Rejects Motion To Suspend Order

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

October 8, 2010

The Schleswig-Holstein Administrative Court rejected a motion by the regional Association of Family Practitioners to temporarily suspend a July 2010 order issued by the Schleswig- Holstein Independent Center for Data Protection enjoining the transfer or use of patient data acquired from member physicians under a contract entered into between the association and a health insurer. In its 1 October decision, the court cites apparent risks to privacy arising out of the contract and the mandated billing software. The center considers the interim decision a judicial acknowledgment of privacy problems found in current service contracts for family practitioner care. (Article in German.)
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