German Government Budgets 10 Million EUR to Set Up Data Protection Foundation

On February 8, 2011, the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued a concept paper setting forth concrete suggestions for the creation of a Data Protection Foundation (the “Foundation”). The Foundation is intended to function in a manner similar to the German consumer protection organization (StiftungWarentest) that evaluates and compares products and services for German consumers. Among its tasks, the Foundation will (1) test products and services for data protection compliance, (2) educate citizens to help improve “self” data protection, (3) conduct research activities, and (4) establish a data protection seal.

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