The Data Protection Commissioner of Brandenburg, Dagmar Hartge, has presented her 18th activity report for 2014/15. She welcomed the EU General Data Protection Regulation as an important modernization of privacy law. However, she identified growing demands on federal data protection authorities and thus called for improvement of personnel. Hartge reported that from 2014-15, 24 fine procedures were initiated but only imposed in 10 cases. Hartge also called video surveillance in swimming pools a “long runner” for data protection authorities and emphasized that such practices are legal only under strict conditions due to sensitive personal data concerned.

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