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Data protection in the state of Lower Saxony

Data protection protects against the misuse of personal data by third parties.

Technological progress makes it possible to collect personal data ever faster and more extensively. Both public authorities and the private sector process a great deal of information about applicants and their customers. Name, address and birth data are stored as well as information, e.g. on purchasing behavior or income. It is becoming increasingly difficult for citizens to keep track of who is storing data, what information it is and, above all, whether this data processing is also permitted.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the State Commissioner for Data Protection (LfD).

In the public sector , the right to informational self-determination acts as a defensive right against the state and offers protection against inadmissible and, above all, excessive data storage by state agencies. This protection is guaranteed above all by the principle of data collection from the data subject, the principle of necessity as well as by earmarking regulations and the independent control activities of the LfD.

In Lower Saxony, as in all other federal states, a supervisory authority also monitors compliance with data protection in the non-public sector. The competent supervisory authority for data protection vis-à-vis private bodies based in Lower Saxony is also the LfD.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)