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

28 October 2020

Virtual Event


5 webinars over 5 weeks to help you navigate the confusing landscape of Germany's data protection law and understand how to take it into account when doing business in Germany.

Session Date Title
1 28 October 2020 Convergence and conflicts with other laws
2 4 November 2020 International Transfers
3 11 November 2020 Joint controllers: Status and developments
4 18 November 2020 Privacy and labor law: A complex interaction
5 25 November 2020 Enforcement trends by German regulators and damage claims

All sessions are on Wednesdays and will start at 14.00h. UK / 15.00h. CET and run for 1 hour, including time for Questions and Answers.

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.

Speakers from various German Data Protection Autorities and Covington & Burling’s lawyers from its Frankfurt and London offices will explain the issues.

Attending this series of webinars will enable you to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Assess the practical steps which can be deduced from judgements in recent cases concerning joint controllers.
  4. 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.
  5. Discuss how the GDPR and Germany’s data protection law interact with national employment law and the well-established system of works councils.
  6. Recognise the trends in fines imposed by the Land Data Protection Authorities.
  7. Find out the basis for calculating data subjects’ claims for damages.
  8. 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.

Full programme below


Early Bird registration Standard Rate

£150 + VAT per person

Until 14 October 2020

£200 + VAT per person

From 15 October 2020

Registration includes access to all 5 webinars. 

All webinars will be recorded. So, if you are not able to attend all 5 live events, you will be able to watch them in your own time and not miss out.

To register click BOOK NOW at the top of this page or email


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