Data Protection: Germany Introduced “Class Action”-like Claims; Rest of EU to Follow

April 14, 2016

A German law recently came into effect that permits consumer protection associations and other associations to bring “class action”-like claims against businesses and file for injunctions for breach of German data protection law. Under this law, consumer protection associations, industry and commerce chambers and other approved business associations now have legal standing to bring lawsuits against businesses for non-compliance with data protection laws. These associations and industry and commerce chambers are separate from the data protection authorities of the German states and did not have this authority before. The new law essentially creates a new independent private supervisory authority in these associations and industry and commerce chambers and will likely encourage inspections of improper use of consumer data.

To learn more about this law and its impact on businesses, read "Data Protection: Germany Introduced “Class Action”-like Claims; Rest of EU to Follow."