As the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz [German Federal Data Protection Act] does not apply to public bodies, the comprehensive requirements prescribed by the relevant data protection acts of the Länder [Federal States of the Federal Republic of Germany] have to be complied with. This applies in particular to municipalities in their role as local authorities, which legislature has endowed with a comprehensive set of duties that are of relevance with respect to data protection, and which is something that poses a serious challenge to them, because it is precisely the advancing digitalization of service provisions which entails huge risks and challenges with respect to ensuring data protection and data security. In particular, state law obliges municipalities to appoint a data protection officer for the public authority. The EU General Data Protection Regulation will additionally put the individual data protection acts of the Länder to the test.
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