European Data Protection Digest

Privacy Commissioner, Others Oppose Register

DATA PROTECTION—GERMANY

January 20, 2012

Federal Privacy Commissioner Peter Schaar has expressed opposition to a proposed national register to keep track of violent neo-Nazis. According to a Monsters and Critics report, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet this week moved to create the register in an effort to stem violent acts. Schaar deems the register as unnecessary, according to the report, while others say it would threaten civil liberties. The German parliament would have to approve of the register's creation.
Full Story