European Data Protection Digest

Gov’t Proposes Amendments To Geolocation Law

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

June 7, 2012

The government has submitted a proposal to Parliament to amend existing federal law concerning access to geographical data. In force since 2009, the law applies to federal agencies and corporations. The amendment “would create a legal basis for largely free use of geographical data and metadata maintained by the German Federal State, thereby enhancing the ‘added-value’ potential of such data,” reports Hunton & Williams’ Privacy and Information Security Law Blog. Thus far, the government has relied on self-regulation and a draft code for geographical data services.
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