As of 1 January 2016, Reinhard Dankert, the Data Protection  Officer of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, has taken the position of the 2016 Chairman of the Conference of Independent Data Protection authorities of the Bund and the Länder for the current year. Dankert announced that in the current year, the conference will focus on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in Germany. What is needed, according to Dankert, is better national and international cooperation in order to preserve the high level of German data protection.

Press release (in German)