The Berlin Data Protection Officer has criticised the new Federal Resident Registration Act (Bundesmeldegesetz) which entered  into force on 1 November 2015 for its deficiencies in terms of data protection. The Act was criticised in particular for the fact that it allows information on the register, such as date of birth, marital status and prior addresses to be obtained without a legal interest being shown. Furthermore, the Officer considered that the obligation to register hotel residence would result in unreasonable data retention. The obligation of lessors to cooperate was also considered unjustified as it was not considered appropriate for combatting false registrations.

Information note (PDF) (in German)