On 1 February 2017, the German Cabinet adopted the 'Act to adapt data protection law to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and to transpose Directive (EU) 2016/680 (Data Protection Adaptation and Transposition Act EU)' to adapt Germany's data protection law to the GDPR (the "Draft Law").

The Draft Law is the first step in the legislative process to replace the Federal Data Protection Act ("Existing Law"). The Draft Law will maintain certain aspects of the Existing Law, including those governing data protection officers and data protection supervision, facilitates the handling of personal data and adopts more detailed rules such as data protection in employment.

A press release about the Draft Law is available here (German).