Germany’s federal government recently proposed amendments to existing laws on employee data protection. Once enacted, the new regulations would apply to almost all data collected and used by employers over the course of an employment relationship. One aim of the proposed amendments is to provide increased protection for employees against secret surveillance measures in the workplace. As a result, the new regulations would, in particular, affect internal investigations to uncover cases of white-collar crime. Background checks on applicants would also be restricted. Overall, companies in Germany will face tougher rules on collecting, processing and using employees’ personal data. The German parliament is expected to decide on the proposed new law by the end of the first quarter of 2011.