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A Privacy Guide for Companies Doing Business in Germany: Update 2012

Published: 03 February 2012

ID: G00219802

Analyst(s): Carsten Casper


Handling personal employee or customer data in or from Germany can be a daunting task, but is possible if local and foreign companies observe a few basic rules.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Why and How Is Privacy in Germany Different?
    • History and Culture
    • Privacy Scandals
    • Terminology
    • Legislation
    • External/Official Roles
    • Internal/Additional Roles
  • What Are the Issues Global Organizations Particularly Need to Worry About?
    • Processing the Personal Data of Employees
    • Processing Personal Data of Consumers and Citizens
  • Are There Particular Advantages to Processing Personal Data in Germany?
    • Germany as a Data Center Location
    • Privacy, Germany and Cloud Computing
  • How Is the Situation Evolving?
    • Legislative Changes
    • The Discussion Is Heating Up

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