German TTDSG Draft: New solutions to well-known problems?

Katharina A Weimer and Kirsten Ammon of Fieldfisher report from Germany on the recent legislative developments in telecommunications and telemedia.

On 10 February 2021, the German legislature published a draft law to regulate data protection as well as privacy in telecommunications and telemedia (TTDSG Draft).

There are several reasons for this legislative proposal: adaptation of national standards so as to comply with the European framework, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR)(1) and the e-Privacy Directive(2); collating the wide-spread data protection provisions in various laws in Germany where the context allows for it: most importantly, the Federal Telecommunications Act (TKG) and the Federal Telemedia Act (TMG); and thereby (hopefully) minimizing legal uncertainty due to the relationship hierarchy between European Union law and German law, and within the German legislative sphere.

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