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German DPAs begin random GDPR examinations

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 12, 2018

The Data Protection Authority of the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) recently began random examinations into how well companies are implementing the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations. Compliance officers of U.S. companies with operations in Germany should be on alert.

Lower Saxony’s DPA said that it began its examinations in July, focusing on how well companies that are headquartered in Lower Saxony “have used the two-year transitional period” to get into compliance with the GDPR, which took effect on May 25, 2018.

Germany is a federation of 16 states, each with its own DPA with supervision over the private sector. The only exceptions are...

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