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Bundesrat Concerned About Data Protection Regulation

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

March 29, 2012

The Upper House of the German Parliament (Bundesrat) has released a paper indicating the Bundesrat's EU Committee, Committee on Internal Affairs and Legal Committee take the view that the European Commission's proposed General Data Protection Regulation "contradicts the principle of proportionality and the principle of subsidiarity contained in Article 5(3) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and exceeds the legislative powers of the EU," according to Bird & Bird's analysis of the paper, which explains, "The committees therefore recommended to the Bundesrat to exercise its right to subsidiarity complaints." Bird & Bird Associate Gabriel Voisin notes, "there is a similar movement in the Netherlands and Belgium." (Article in German.)
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