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Germany Adopts Telecom Breach Notification Requirements

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

March 4, 2011

The German government has adopted a draft law that revises the German Telecommunications Act to include breach notification requirements for telecommunications companies, reports the Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog. The law brings Germany into alliance with the European e-Privacy Directive. Under the draft law, telecommunications companies are required to notify the federal data protection commissioner and the federal network agency about data breaches. The law also includes provisions requiring "providers of location-based telecommunications services to send text messages informing users whenever their mobile devices are being tracked on location," according to the report.
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