European Data Protection Digest

Center for Data Privacy Issues Opinion on Draft Law

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—GERMANY

October 15, 2010

On 12 October, the Schleswig-Holstein Center for Data Privacy submitted an advisory opinion on draft legislation addressing employee data privacy that is soon to be considered by the German Federal Assembly. In its opinion, the center sets forth both criticisms and recommendations on issues including poor drafting, allowance for excessive monitoring of employees and the constitutionality of various provisions. Center Director Thilo Weichert states that the law should serve employee job satisfaction and workforce productivity but not mete out punishment to affected parties. Employee data privacy legislation has been promised by successive German administrations for more than 20 years. (Report in German.)
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