Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein Marit Hansen recently called for urgent improvements to the draft law on the amendment and adaptation of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz), which is being amended in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Hansen found the removal of provisions allowing for data protection authorities to control the privacy compliance of persons subject to professional secrecy, such as doctors, therapists and midwives, to be particularly problematic. Hansen also criticised the federal government’s plans, incorporated in another draft, to make it easier for bearers of professional secrecy to deploy processors whose activities would not be subject to compliance control.