The Hessian Privacy Commissioner, Eva Kühne-Hörmann, has criticized the federal draft law on the introduction of data fencing as a criminal offence for being too soft. According to Kühne-Hörmann, important elements of the Hessian legislative initiative like criminal penalties higher than two or three years of imprisonment are missing in the federal draft law. Kühne-Hörmann sees the need to react more decisively to the tendency that hacking becomes more and  more international and professional. Citizens thus need to be better protected in areas like telecommunication, digital payment and social networks.

Hessian Ministry of Justice Press Release (in German)