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German Gov't Considers Amending Data Sharing Bill

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

July 9, 2012

The German government is likely to change a controversial law that allows government offices to sell personal information to marketing companies, SPIEGEL reports. The government passed the bill last month, but a spokesman says it's likely Parliament will amend it following protests from data protection rights groups and politicians who are concerned with individuals' lack of privacy under the measure and the way in which it was passed. The bill allows individuals to opt out of having their information sold to third parties, but Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert has called it "legal madness." If not overturned, the bill will go into effect in 2014.
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