As you know, the newsletter has moved to Reed Smith together with the Olswang team. We are very happy to send you the first Reed Smith issue of our quarterly IT/Privacy newsletter today. Much of it remains the same, some things are new: The topics will now be presented by a larger team of almost ten German Reed Smith attorneys specialized in IT, data protection and digitalization.
1. German Federal Council approves GDPR Implementation Act
On 12 May 2017, the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) passed the GDPR Implementation Act (the “Act”), despite significant opposition. The Act is intended to bring the current German data protection laws in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It contains provisions, inter alia, on the rights of data subjects, on data protection officers and on data processing, in the context of the workplace.
Conclusion: Companies looking to get ready for the new data protection regime should focus not only on the GDPR, but also on the national implementation laws. There is less than one year left!