The Data Protection Authorities of Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Saxony-Anhalt have announced that they are conducting a coordinated, written examination of corporate data transfers. The Authorities plan to contact about 500 companies and require them to complete a questionnaire Regarding the products and services of external providers and the legal basis for data transfers. One of the key aims of the examination is to raise awareness of the privacy problems related to data transfers to countries outside of the EU.