With Professor Ulrich Kelber, the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) will chair the conference of the independent data protection supervisory authorities of the federal and state governments (DSK) in 2022. The latter meets twice a year and has “the task of upholding and protecting fundamental data protection rights, of achieving uniform application of European and national data protection law and of advocating its further development together”.
Professor Kelber sees 2022 as the year of many important decisions. In doing so, he refers in particular to the failures to be tackled by the federal government in digitization. Here, data protection officers should give competent advice to those responsible. The BfDI cites the data protection-compliant provision and use of research data as an example of outstanding importance. As chairman of the DSK, he also wants to discuss the issues of monitoring accounts, employee data protection and sovereign clouds.
He will have the first opportunity to do so on January 27, when Professor Kelber will meet for the first time in a virtual interim conference with his colleagues from the independent data protection authorities of the federal and state governments. The two main conferences are to be held in 2022 according to the announcement on March 22nd and November 22nd at the BfDI headquarters in Bonn. In 2021, Monika Grethel, State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Saarland, was the chair.