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How is Germany Boosting Data Protection?
Regulatory trends in Germany are taking shape rapidly in the aftermath of the GDPR rollout.
FREMONT, CA: Germany seems to be very determined towards fostering data privacy through stringent regulations in the face of the ongoing digital revolution. The introduction of GDPR across Europe brought about a wave of regulation-induced disruptions. Germany followed this up with its own set of measures and legislation to further consolidate data security. The biggest trigger contributing to Germany’s stance towards digital regulations seems to have stemmed from the current business models in leading technology firms that make unethical use of customer data.
Although Germany's approach towards enforcing regulations has been focused on directing non-compliant companies having privacy-abusing models towards better practices and has not involved stringent fines yet, it could be changing anytime soon. Germany has a host of regulatory authorities, among which, the competition authority has delivered orders to giant tech companies, restraining them from accumulating user data or using the same by with the help of ambiguous consent mechanisms. The country has, thus, been very clear about its intentions of disallowing the biggest technology firms from taking advantage of user data without acquiring proper consent.
A recent article published in Compliance Week talks in detail about how regulatory authorities in Germany have repeatedly targeted companies that partake in gathering, sharing, or selling personal data. The same article goes on to mention a recent amendment draft by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs for the country's competition law, which would broaden the prospects of regulations concerning personal data if passed.
With its proactive approach and exemplary rulings, Germany has clearly become a torchbearer across the EU when it comes to protecting personal data from being illegitimately used by companies for revenues. Going forward, other European nations, as well the European Commission, might follow suit by deploying digital regulators that bar companies which have been reliant on tracking, profiling, and targeting customers without proper consent. With concerted efforts and clear goals in regulatory policies, Germany is navigating its way efficiently through the digital age concerns like data privacy.
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