A German judge found a works council chairman can act as the organization’s data protection officer. The Saxonian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport initially stated there was no conflict of interest between the two positions. The judge sided with the council, which contradicted the opinion of the state’s data protection authority. The Federal Supreme Court previously ruled a work council member could become an entity’s DPO, and the judge found no reason to reverse the decision. An appeal has been filed with the Federal Labour Court by the defendant in the case. The decision can be found in the IAPP Resource Center.
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