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Federal Data Protection Act

The Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) applies to the Federal Republic of Germany and regulates personal rights when dealing with personal data

. This federal law describes the technical and organisational measures that must be taken in order to comply with the Federal Data Protection Act. Included

in data protection in the public and non-public sector are all data that can be processed and stored with electronic data processing systems

, aswell as data processing

in files, on image and sound media.The first version of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) was passed in 1977 under the title: "Act to protect against misuse of personal data in data processing". Revised versions were published in 1990 and 2009.

The Federal Data Protection Act sets out the rules for data protection in companies. It states: "Persons entrusted with the processing of personal data must be bound by data secrecy when they take up their duties. This requires, among other things, that the data protection officer familiarizes these persons with the data protection requirements to be observed by taking appropriate measures." The BDSG consists of the:

  • General regulations explaining the tasks, purpose and terms.
  • Data processing by federal authorities and other public bodies.
  • Data processing by non-public bodies for their own purposes.
  • Business-related data processing by non-public bodies for third-party purposes.
  • Penal and fine provisions.
  • Transitional and final provisions.
The BSDG regulates data storage,


, data modification, the reliability of data processing, the rights of data subjects, data secrecy and data protection controls.

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Englisch: Federal Data Protection Act
Updated at: 13.12.2017
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Translations: DE