MP Kelber visits 2B Advice

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Bonn Member of the Bundestag Ulrich Kelber at 2B Advice

from S. Meissner

Ulrich Kelber, Member of the Bundestag and designated Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI), visited the 2B Advice Group's headquarters at Bonner Bogen at the end of July. There, he learned about the Group's business areas and the current challenges faced by the subsidiary EuroPriSe GmbH in establishing recognized certification procedures in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Mr. Kelber, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection until the beginning of 2018, visited 2B Advice as part of his "Red Backpack Tour" and showed great interest in the company presentation given by Hans-Joachim Bickenbach, Managing Director of 2B Advice. Not only were the individual business areas (software, consulting, external data protection officer, academy and certification) presented, but also the various subsidiaries of the internationally oriented 2B Advice Group with branches in Germany, Italy, Slovakia and the USA.

The 2B Advice Group also includes EuroPriSe GmbH, which operates as a certification body in the field of data protection. EuroPriSe, originally launched as an EU-funded research project, has been certifying the compliance of IT products and IT-based services with EU data protection law for more than 10 years with its "European Privacy Seal" and can draw on a network of more than 100 auditors in 18 countries.

With the GDPR, which has been applicable since May 25, 2018, legal regulations on certifications have been introduced at EU level for the first time. Approved certification procedures are intended to support companies in demonstrating compliance with the legal requirements of the GDPR. Certification bodies such as EuroPriSe GmbH can offer such officially approved procedures if they are accredited for this purpose and the certification is based on officially approved certification criteria. EuroPriSe GmbH considers itself very well positioned for this, especially as the GDPR also expressly provides for the possibility of a European data protection seal.

Unfortunately, Sebastian Meissner, head of the EuroPriSe certification body, had to inform Mr. Kelber that in Germany, even two months after the GDPR came into force, it is not even possible to apply for accreditation as a certification body.

For the time being, even established certification bodies cannot offer approved certification procedures despite high demand from customers, which is a major burden for companies such as EuroPriSe GmbH and its customers. It is therefore all the more gratifying that Mr. Kelber immediately showed understanding for this difficult situation and held out the prospect of supporting EuroPriSe GmbH as a company located within his constituency within the scope of his possibilities.

Based on the positive experience during the meeting at the end of July, 2B Advice is looking forward to continuing the exchange of ideas with Mr. Kelber in the future.

Further information:

  • ulrich-kelber.de/bonn/roterrucksack2014/index.html
  • faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/diginomics/ulrich-kelber-wird-unser-neueroberster-datenschuetzer-15501952.html
  • european-privacy-seal.eu/EPS-en/Home
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