European Data Protection Digest

Minister: Consumer Rights Orgs May Be Able To Sue Over Breaches

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

February 13, 2014

The Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection has announced consumer rights organisations “will soon be able to sue businesses directly for breaches of German data protection law,” Hunton & Williams’ Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports.  The minister plans to present a draft law in April, the report states, noting that if passed, “the new law would bring about a fundamental change in how German data protection law is enforced.” Under current law, when a breach occurs, only those affected, criminal prosecutors and data protection authorities have legal standing to sue. “Such proceedings are still relatively infrequent, in part due to the complexities and costs involved,” the report states, noting, “Consumer rights organizations, however, are sophisticated and well-funded.”
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