Der SRIW

The SRIW (Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft e.V.) is a non-profit association supporting the self- and coregulation of the information economy. It acts as a think tank to discuss and debate key issues in digital policy and provides an umbrella organisation for a range of self- and coregulatory measures in the digital industry. We are calling for suitable regulatory methods to foster innovation and the digital transformation and, at the same time, promote corporate social responsibility, in particular with regard to the appropriate measures for data and consumer protection. The instruments here cover a spectrum from enhancing the transparency of services and data processing and strengthening best practices in digital security to binding voluntary commitments from industry underpinned by sanctions.

In a largely heterogeneous and dynamic business sector, self- and co-regulation within a suitable regulatory framework provides an effective instrument capable of maintaining user and customer trust in the protection of personal rights over the long term. It aims to serve the proper application of data protection provisions by elucidating and specifying them or facilitating their realisation and implementation. Self- and co-regulation support the attainment of social and economy policy goals. Here, it is crucial to have a clear and unequivocal definition to develop the requisite statutory framework.

Co-regulation needs to be linked to statutory targets, defining them and facilitating their application and implementation. The digital transformation is fast becoming reality. Legislation intended to regulate new technologies, products and business models is often soon outdated. Forging ties between statutory policy decisions and targets with co-regulation instruments allows faster and more flexible responses to present challenges.

The non-profit association SRIW (Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft e.V.) (Flyer) is dedicated to improving and maintaining the trust of users in digital products and services. We achieve this goal by promoting consumer protection in the digital world. Here, one key focus is on leveraging the potential of service providers to strengthen data protection through their own activities.

To this end, we – the association’s members – commit ourselves to compliance with codes of practice or comparable self-regulatory measures. Through such voluntary commitments, it is possible to respond quickly and pragmatically to many of the challenges in the digital world – and do so faster than could, for example, the legislator.

Promoting consumer protection is a dynamic process. The rules and regulations to which we have committed ourselves must be continuously monitored to ensure a proper alignment with emerging social and technological developments.

We also have a raft of other measures to support trust and security in the internet, such as consumer information campaigns, strengthening best practices in personal digital security, and drafting recommendations and guidelines for companies.

SRIW is also calling for utilising the advantages of alternative regulatory instruments throughout Europe (). As a member of the Steering Committee of the Community of Practice for Better Self- and Co-Regulation under the Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission, SRIW actively works for a variety of goals which include further developing effective minimum standards for self- and co-regulation and promoting their dissemination. Under the EU strategy for a digital single market, we are calling for a harmonised pan-European regulatory framework fostering competitiveness and innovation and, at the same time, guaranteeing trust and security by linking clear statutory objectives with legally effective co-regulatory measures.

The organs of SRIW as an association are the executive board and the general assembly of members. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the association and its administration. The association’s work is supported by an independent Advisory Board. There is, in addition, a Geodata Protection Code Steering Committee and a Complaints Committee whose members include independent lawyers.

The Members of SRIW are:

Bundesverband Deutscher Inkasso-Unternehmen e.V.
Friedrichstraße 50–55, 10117 Berlin

Bitkom e.V.
Albrechtstraße 10 A, 10117 Berlin

Cyclomedia Deutschland GmbH
Friedrich-List-Straße 31, 35398 Gießen

Deutsche Post AG
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 20, 53113 Bonn

Deutsche Telekom AG
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 140, 53113 Bonn

EUFOREA - European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway Diseases
Bld. Brand Whitlock 132, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

Fenca - Federation of European National Collection Associations
Friedrichstraße 50–55, 10117 Berlin

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

iNovitas Deutschland GmbH
Burgstraße 92, 76356 Weingarten (Baden)

Map & Route GmbH & Co. KG
Pretzfelder Str. 7-11, 90425 Nürnberg

 

Our members are obliged to

  • support the aims of the association,
  • comply with the duties of those Codes of Conduct to which they are signatories,
  • acknowledge the system of sanctions contained in such Codes of Conduct, and to pay any penalties which may be incurred to the association,
  • undertake certification or a comparable measure where such certification or comparable measure is prescribed by the association’s Code of Conduct to promote its aims and foster its broad acceptance.

The association’s Statutes (German) provide more information on the tasks, duties and rights of members.

Steering Committees

SRIW has appointed a Steering Committee for the “Data Protection Code for Geodata Services”.
The Steering Committee’s tasks are, in particular, to:

  1. regularly evaluate the Code for Geodata Services,
  2. draft the requisite alignments / changes to the Code for Geodata Services,
  3. draft proposals to present to the Executive Board for the earmarked use of the accrued penalties

The  Code of Procedure (German) contains more information on the Steering Committee for the Data Protection Code for Geodata Services.

Harald Lemke
Deutsche Post DHL AG


Chief Executive Officer

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Susanne Dehmel
Bitkom e.V.

Deputy Chairwoman

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Jan Kottmann
Google Germany

Treasurer

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Michael Arthen
Cyclomedia GmbH Deutschland

Member of the Executive Board

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Kirsten Pedd
Bundesverband Deutscher Inkasso-Unternehmen e.V.

Member of the Executive Board

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Dr. Irene Riedel
Map & Route GmbH & Co. KG

Member of the Executive Board

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Fabian Riewerts
Deutsche Telekom AG

Member of the Executive Board

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An independent Advisory Board was constituted to support the work of the non-profit association SRIW. The Advisory Board consults with SRIW on fundamental questions relating to consumer and data protection, as well as issues of self-regulation and voluntary control. The Advisory Board has the right to state its views on all matters relating to the association. The Executive Board has to address such statements of views and justify votes which deviate from the Advisory Board’s recommendations.

The Advisory Board comprises the following experts and representatives of public and scientific institutions:


Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler
University of Göttingen

Chairman of the Advisory Board

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Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun
CEO ConPolicy GmbH

Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board

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Erwin Schwärzer
Ministerialdirigent, Bundesministerium des Innern

Member of the Advisory Board

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Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Bull
Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragter a.D.

Member of the Advisory Board

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Andreas Bothe
Unterabteilungsleiter, Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz

Member of the Advisory Board

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Dr. Daniela Brönstrup
Ministerialdirigentin, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Member of the Advisory Board

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Here, you can find the key documents relating to the SRIW (in German):