Following a spate of terror attacks across Germany in 2016, the German government has presented a draft law which will provide a legal basis for the video surveillance of public areas and public events by private operators. In its current form, the law will allow surveillance in circumstances where there is a “particularly important public interest”, such as the protection of life, health and freedom. The German Association of Judges has expressed concern that the draft law conflicts with the German Constitution, specifically the fundamental right of informational self-determination. Questions have also been raised about how effective video surveillance will prove in deterring terrorist attacks. Dependent upon the level of opposition to the proposed measures, the law may become applicable at the same time as the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018.