The newly elected Data Protection Commissioner of Berlin, Maja Smoltczyk, has presented a detailed activity report for 2015 covering issues such as the General Data Protection Regulation, Big Data in online dating portals, smart cars and modern traffic telematics and the commercial leasing of expensive technical devices (laptops, multifunctional printers, hard disks). The Commissioner, among other things, warned of “wearable computing” (fitness bracelets) and pointed to the “internationally respected working paper” of the Berlin Group on this topic. The Commissioner also reported that there have been complaints by employees in handicraft businesses because of the pressure created by surveillance – the Commissioner confirmed that tracking systems may not be used for performance monitoring.

Activity Report (German) (PDF)