In a press release, the Professional Association of German Data Protection Officers (Berufsverband der Datenschutzbeauftragten Deutschlands – BvD) and the Society for Data Protection and Data Security (Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit – GDD) have commented critically on the trialogue negotiations for the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The associations warned against the quasi-dissolution of the corporate obligation to deploy data protection officers as this would severely diminish the German level of data protection. Due to a lack of incentives, the associations do  not expect that companies will voluntarily appoint data protection officers.

BvD article (in German)