In a study commissioned by SRIW, Professor Dr. Gerald Spindler from the University of Göttingen outlined the possibilities open to the German legislator for promoting codes of conduct and accreditation when entering the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) onto the national statute books.

Building on the findings of the study “Key Points of a Digital Regulatory Policy”, Professor Spindler recommended creating a statutory presumption of conformity on the national level. In this way, when businesses follow codes of practice and conduct recognised by the authorities concerned, they would have significantly greater legal certainty. In Professor Spindler’s view, this would not only offer a considerable incentive for the business sector to use the co-regulation instruments provided for under the GDPR, but at the same time generally support enhanced data privacy.

The full study can be downloaded here: Download (PDF – c. 900 KB)