Analytical study for the Friedrich-Ebert-StiftungLaw enforcement in consumer data protection: status quo and recommendations

Project period: 
March 2015 - May 2016


Project partner:
Prof Dr Gerald Spindler (University of Göttingen); Jörn Wittmann (University of Göttingen and SRIW)

Digitalization characterizes our everyday lives. Its effects are ambiguous, however. While consumers benefit from a wide range of new products and services, they often imply a form of surveillance and pose a potential for segmentation.

Polls show that consumers are irritated due to this ambiguity. They often say that they were losing control and criticize that they often needed to provide more information than necessary. These concerns do not only pose the question whether consumer privacy law is sufficient, but also whether the law is adequately enforced.

On behalf of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation ConPolicy together with Prof Dr Gerald Spindler and Jörn Wittmann took stock of the system of consumer privacy law enforcement in Germany. The research project concludes that the most urgent need for action lies in three areas: individual enforcement, public law enforcement and co-regulation. Since the German government recently improved the collective law enforcement rights of consumer organizations, it is to expect that the situation will improve in this area.

Link to the study.

Project of

Christian Thorun

Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun Managing Director

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