Germany adopts new data protection and privacy law
German parliament adopted a law regulating data protection and privacy in telecommunications and telemedia. For the first time, the legislator transposed EU requirements on cookies from the bloc’s e-privacy directive.
German data protection was until recently regulated by a series of laws. That led to legal uncertainty due to partially contradictory provisions. Both the Telemedia Act (TMG) and the recently amended Telecommunications Act (TKG) have prompted uncertainty in some quarters.
The Data Protection Act passed on Thursday (20 May) intends to unify the country’s rules and bring them in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).