European Data Protection Digest

For Framework Reforms, Germany Softens Stance On Public Access

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY & EU

July 26, 2012

Reuters reports that Germany plans to cede some of its concerns over public information access in exchange for flexibility in applying the rules to meet proposed EU data protection reforms. Germany had wanted strict access to public data—such as tax and employment records—but its new concession will help negotiations proceed. At a meeting in Cyprus this week, a diplomat said, “As far as certain member states do already have a stricter regulation for certain areas of the public sphere, the new legislation should also give member states the possibility to preserve these differentiated levels of data protection.”
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