Data protection in municipalities
Data protection protects against the misuse of personal data by third parties.
Technical 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 behaviour or income situation. It is becoming increasingly difficult for citizens to keep track of who stores data, what information it is and, above all, whether this data processing is also permitted. The right to informational self-determination means that every person has the right to determine the disclosure and use of their data.
Public authorities need to process personal data for a variety of tasks. The data protection regulations determine the conditions under which personal data may be processed.
The official data protection officers of the respective administrations support them in questions relating to ensuring data protection and compliance with data protection regulations. Furthermore, the official data protection officers are also contact persons for data subjects who have questions about data protection in the respective administration or would like to point out problems.
Who should I contact?
The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city, the municipality, the joint municipality and the city. They appoint official data protection officers.
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.
Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation)
Lower Saxony Data Protection Act (NDSG)
What else should I know?
Information on data protection on the website of the Virtual Data Protection Office
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