Germany’s Data Protection Law: Trends, Opportunities & Conflicts

11 March 2020

Covington & Burling, London



Due to the emergence of the Covid-19 virus over the last few weeks and its rapid spread in Germany and the United Kingdom, it has been decided that our event should not go ahead as planned on Wednesday 11 March.

We will annouce a new date for the event in due course. Let us know if you would like to be informed of the new date.

We apologise for the short notice. 


Date: 11 March 2020

09.00 - 09.30 - Registration 
09.30 - 15.00 - Conference sessions, Networking Lunch included
15.00 - 16.00 - Roundtable

Location: Covington & Burling, London

While Germany is the EU Member State with the largest economy and the highest population in Europe, the working of its data protection law is the most complex to understand.

Enforcement is split between the Federal level and the 16 separate Lander (state) Data Protection Authorities, and each Land has its own courts. Appeals can sometimes go to a higher federal court. In addition, regulatory traditions vary with some DPAs favouring a stricter interpretation of the law while others are more pragmatic.

The Head of International transfers at Bavaria’s Data Protection Authority and Covington & Burling’s lawyers from its Frankfurt and London offices will explain the issues. We invite company perspectives.

Attending this one day conference will enable you to:

  1. Navigate this confusing landscape and understand how to take data protection law into account when doing business in Germany.
  2. Understand the long-term influence of data protection and consumer law on national competition law. The Federal Cartel Office’s decision in the Facebook case has been appealed from a Land court to a higher federal court. We will report on its current status in March.
  3. Learn about the draft of Germany’s new law against Restraints of Competition, digitalisation and personal data. This statute will have impacts on any company, not just tech giants.
  4. Assess the practical steps which can be deduced from judgements in recent cases concerning joint controllers.
  5. Understand the extent Standard Contractual Clauses for international transfers are still valid as a result of cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  6. Discuss how the GDPR and Germany’s data protection law interact with national employment law and the well-established system of works councils.
  7. Recognise the trends in fines imposed by the Land Data Protection Authorities.
  8. Find out the basis for calculating data subjects’ claims for damages.

The optional afternoon roundtable will enable you to exchange experience in a confidential atmosphere with your peers, and discuss how you resolve your issues with others around the table.

In short, this conference will enable you gain a platform of knowledge so you can put into context recommendations from your German lawyers about your specific issues and work with them in a more time-efficient way.

This event qualifies for 5.5 CPE Credits

Full programme below

  Standard Rate
Single registration £400 + VAT per person
Multiple registrations from the same organisation £350 + VAT per person

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