Gartner Research

What Every Global CIO Should Know About German Works Councils and Data Protection Officers

Published: 11 May 2011

ID: G00212997

Analyst(s): Thomas Otter, Peter Wesche, Carsten Casper, Frank Ridder


Understanding the role of German works councils and the data protection officer is key for global project success and effective global team management. A failure to do so is likely to lead to project delay or even failure.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

What You Need to Know


  • Context
    • German Labor Laws and Privacy
    • What Is the Works (Workers) Council?
    • What Is the Role of the DPO?
  • Analysis
    • Rewarding, Managing and Terminating IT Staff Based in Germany
    • Segregation of Data Hierarchies
    • Impact of IT Solutions on Employment
    • Alternative Deployment Methods, Such as Software as a Service
    • Outsourcing, Especially When Involving Staff Transfer
    • Security Monitoring and Data-Loss Prevention
    • A Final Caveat
  • Key Facts

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