Verbandsklagerecht der Verbraucherschutzorganisationen

Right for an association to file suit, for consumer protection organizations.

The new justice minister and consumer protection boss, Heiko Maas (S.P.D.), said he is thinking about making it possible for consumer protection organizations to file lawsuits on behalf of consumers in response to data protection violations.

Currently, consumer protection organizations in Germany can only file data protection lawsuits if a company’s terms and conditions contain data protection violations. Mr. Maas wants to have draft legislation “closing this loophole” ready by the end of April 2014.

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Maas and Germany’s data protection officer Andrea Voßhoff [(C.D.U.)] furthermore admonished companies to treat their customers’ privacy with more respect. Customers’ trust is, in the end, the fundamental basis of all business models in the internet, they said. Instead of pages and pages of terms and conditions, what [customers] need is true freedom of choice when it comes to what’s allowed to happen to their own data, said Maas. “If some providers want to stubbornly persist in the digital Flegeljahren [boor, churl, cub, lout years, meaning teenagers], if they disesteem/disregard/disdain/ignore/flout/violate their customers, and if they refuse transparency, then the state will have to intervene regulatorily to protect users.”

(Fair BOND sklah geh rechh t   dare   fair BROW chh ah SHƏTS oregon ee zot see OWN en.)


Giving the wrong candidate the job.

Leftists party members (~10% of the Bundestag) tried and failed to delay the 19 Dec 2013 vote that confirmed Andrea Voßhoff (C.D.U.) as Germany’s new national data protection officer, replacing Peter Schaar (Green party?). The position is supposed to be party-neutral and is currently bossed by the interior minister (Thomas de Maizière, C.D.U.).

Jan Korte (Leftists) said because Andrea Voßhoff voted to support Vorratsdatenspeicherung, online searches—apparently meaning police searches of people’s tech—and expanding the powers of Germany’s intelligence agencies, she probably was not the best choice to become the country’s top advocate for protecting burghers’ data privacy.

A speaker for the Green party (~9% of the Bundestag) said they too are worried about Ms. Voßhoff as the national data protection officer, but recent revelations about mass electronic spying by e.g. the N.S.A. have shown the whole world how important these rights are. Even an enemy of these rights would now have to support reforms increasing protections of these rights, the Green party member said. Right?

(FAIL bezz ZOTS oong.)

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