On March 5, 2012, the Committee of Labor and Social Affairs of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) held a hearing on a draft bill on whistleblowing. The draft bill contains extensive provisions protecting whistleblowers in German enterprise. The Committee has appointed Hogan Lovells lawyer Tim Wybitul as official expert for a hearing on whistleblowing provisions.
The German data protection authorities on September 26, 2011 adopted an “Orientation guide – cloud computing.” The guide sets out mandatory and recommended content for any agreement between German users of cloud computing services and cloud computing serving providers. It highlights the customer’s responsibility for full compliance with German data protection requirements for the cloud. Based on this orientation guide, customers and providers will have to review existing agreements in the German market.