At the Digital Agenda Committee of the German Bundestag last month, the majority of participants held that a high and uniform level of data protection throughout Europe can be an advantage in international competition for small and medium sized enterprises and start-ups. The predominant view was that data protection is not an obstacle to Big Data and that “anonymisation” and “pseudonymisation” of data must be improved accordingly. A representative from the Board of German Startups, however, said that customers do not necessarily see data protection as an advantage, but rather opt for products with the best features. Along with other industry representatives, he criticized the bureaucratic burden of data protection and called for relief for startups.

The German Bundestag report