German Government Appoints New Federal Data Protection Officer

The German three-partite federal government has appointed university lecturer Prof. Louisa Specht-Riemenschneider as the new Federal Data protection Officer (FDPO).

Prof. Specht-Riemenschneider will occupy the post from June 2024, replacing outgoing FDPO Ulrich Kelber. Prof Specht Riemenschneider is no stranger to the political Berlin, having consulted several legal initiatives of Germany’s current government and is currently holding the chair for Civil Law, Data Economy, Data Protection, Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence at Bonn university.

The outgoing FDPO’s office term has expired already last year, but the cabinet had been unable to agree on a successor, since 2023. Prof Specht-Riemenschneider is officially taking over the post by 1st of June but has taken on the challenge and is acting as FDPO already, as German media reports.

The FDPO is an agency of the German federal government and the regulatory body in charge for oversight over the data processing of public agencies, communication and mail businesses and is also consulting the federal government in data protection matters, as well as representing Germany in the European Data Protection Committee.

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