European Data Protection Digest

Census Incites Privacy Complaints

PERSONAL PRIVACY—GERMANY & UK

May 13, 2011

Germany has begun its first national census in 25 years, which will tally about a third of the country's population. But critics say the information the government will collect about the estimated 26 million individuals exceeds the amount necessary, Spiegel reports. The survey will bring Germany in line with EU census regulations, but some are concerned, also, that the information collected will not remain anonymous. Meanwhile, in the UK, Deutsche Post reports that few complaints have been lodged regarding the UK census, though some dissenters have boycotted based on privacy concerns.
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