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German Research Institute for Public Administration

Responsibility structures under data protection law in complex online stakeholder networks

Data protection law governs the complex interplay between service providers, the level of the technical infrastructure and providers of content on Web 2.0, so far primarily along linear relationships of a contractual, use-based and order-related nature with generally separate spheres of responsibility. This hardly takes account of the division of labour for collaboration in social networks, in the case of app services and on complex online platforms. This problem has been addressed by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. In contrast to Germany's Federal Data Protection Act, it to some extent provides for joint responsibility under data protection law. The requirements set out in the Regulation and the inherent scope for interpretation are the basic material from which we can glean an appropriate distribution of areas of responsibility and the associated liability risks.

The aim of the project is the normatively secure demarcation of regulatory responsibility structures on the Internet. There is a particular need for this in the case of the mixed participation of public and private bodies and in their different levels of involvement. The research project thus makes an important contribution towards the development of data protection law and to fundamental questions of legislation in relation to the digital sphere.

Publications

  • Martini, Mario, in: Paal, Boris P./Pauly, Daniel A. (Hrsg.), Datenschutz-Grundverordnung. Kommentar, 2017,
    • Art. 24 (Verant­wortung des für die Ver­arbeitung Ver­antwort­lichen),
    • Art. 25 (Daten­schutz durch Technik­gestaltung und durch daten­schutz­freundliche Vor­einstellungen),
    • Art. 26 (Gemeinsam für die Ver­arbeitung Ver­antwort­liche),
    • Art. 27 (Ver­treter von nicht in der Union nieder­gelassenen Ver­antwortlichen oder Auftrags­verarbeitern),
    • Art. 28 (Auftrags­verarbeiter),
    • Art. 29 (Ver­arbeitung unter der Aufsicht des Ver­antwort­lichen oder des Auftrags­verarbeiters),
    • Art. 30 (Ver­zeichnis der Ver­arbeitungs­tätig­keiten),
    • Art. 31 (Zusammen­arbeit mit der Aufsichts­behörde).

Note: The text on this home page is copyrighted. It is taken verbatim or based on Martini, "Digitalisierung als Herausforderung und Chance für Staat und Verwaltung" (Digitalisation as Challenge and Chance for State and Administration), FÖV Discussion Paper No. 85, 2016, in particular p. 70 ff.

 

Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr. Mario Martini

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Researcher

David Wagner

David Wagner

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Researcher

Tobias Rehorst

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