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German Parliament Elects New Federal Data Protection Commissioner

PRIVACY COMMUNITY—GERMANY

December 19, 2013

With Peter Schaar leaving the position of German Federal Data Protection Commissioner on December 17 after 10 years of service, the coalition German government needed to nominate a replacement for confirmation in the Bundestag. On Thursday, they appointed Andrea Voßhoff, a member of the conservative-leaning Christian Democratic Union who served in the Bundestag from 1998 through 2013. Generally unknown to the privacy community, Voßhoff has received a negative initial reception from some privacy advocates: German MEP Jan Philip Albrecht strenuously objected to her nomination, saying on Twitter that her confirmation would amount to an “abolition” of the office. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Jörg Hladjk, counsel at Hunton & Williams and German-qualified attorney with a German PhD in privacy, expounds upon the three main challenges Voßhoff faces as she enters her five-year term.
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