The German Lawyers’ Association (Deutscher Anwaltsverein) (DAV) has issued information on the question of ownership of data and information. The DAV follows up on the longer ongoing debate as to whether there can be data ownership which is independent from the ownership of the data carrier. Examples would be property rights on car data or smart devices. The DAV welcomes the EU Commission’s initiative to examine the need for legislation on this topic, but also warned against a premature legislative “fix”. As regards the German legislation, the DAV thinks that it is inadequate in so far as it does not provide for claims in rem concerning data. The DAV is a voluntary association counting around 66,000 members and representing the interests of German lawyers on the national, European and international level.