The German cabinet has recently adopted a draft law introducing a right of consumer associations to take legal action against breaches of privacy. The draft applies to the commercial use of personal consumer data by companies in the fields of advertisement, credit agency or market and opinion research. The Federal Privacy Commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, welcomed the draft and the  obligation within the draft to consult privacy authorities in the course of the proceedings. The draft has, however, attracted some criticism including from the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM), who have stated that the draft law may contribute to the risk of growing legal insecurity and also contravenes the current harmonization of EU data protection law.

German Federal Data Protection Authority press release