On 15 October, the government and the data protection officer of Rheinland-Pfalz organised its first conference on data protection bringing together representatives from politics, the economy and civil society to discuss the challenges of digitalisation and the General Data Protection Regulation. Clemens Hoch, state secretary stated  that new sensitivity for data handling is needed. The Rheinland-Pfalz data protection officer considered that the consequences of data scandals in the recent past have been taken on board, but that further efforts are still needed. Auditing and certifications could be important tools in this respect. Referring to the General Data Protection Regulation, it was remarked that data protection will become more European, more consistent and more powerful.

Press release (in German)