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Federal data protection officer Kelber: With the hackers against the surveillance poison

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According to Ulrich Kelber, the Federal Data Protection Officer, the further development of artificial intelligence and the needs of the security authorities should not be at the expense of user privacy. At the 36th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, Kelber warned you on December 30th "Hysterical race for ever greater powers of intervention by security authorities", In addition, he advocated the possibility of using algorithms in the future "unacceptable damage potential" to ban what the Data Ethics Committee had recently requested. This could affect not only automatic weapon systems or high-frequency trading, but also the creation of personality profiles.

The graduate computer scientist and former SPD member of the Bundestag Kelber has headed the Federal Data Protection Authority (BfDI) since early 2019. In contrast to his predecessor Andrea Voßhoff (CDU), he is significantly more involved in the data protection debates. In this function, Kelber warned, for example, against the introduction of upload filters to protect against copyrights and demanded a permanent end for data retention. When he took office, he had announced that he would also protect data protection "the big ones" want to pre-button.

Frustration with decision backlog in Ireland

But especially when it comes to IT companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Kelber is legally bound. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) stipulates that the data protection authority in which the company has its European headquarters is responsible. "I regret every day that we have not yet taken a decision on one of the major data protection breaches at European level"said Kelber. At every meeting of the European Data Protection Board, he urged that the relevant data protection authorities from Ireland and Luxembourg submitted a decision.

With a view to Microsoft's controversial data collection practice for the Windows 10 operating system, Kelber campaigned to assign responsibility for handling personal data not only to users, but also to software manufacturers: "I believe that we have to take responsibility for the manufacturers more." Technically, this has to move on at this point.

Hackers should come to the BfDI

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Kelber pointed out that the decisions from Ireland or Luxembourg were not binding and could be overruled by the data protection authorities of the other countries. In contrast to the so-called Dieselgate, in which only the assessment of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) was decisive, decisions by individual countries to protect their own economy could still be changed. According to Kelber, the Irish even offered to take over cases, since the data protection authority there does not have sufficient human resources to be able to deal with the issues quickly.

The Federal Data Protection Authority, on the other hand, cannot currently complain about a lack of funds. Kelber explicitly promoted the gathered hackers to apply to the BfDI. "We would like to win many of you as employees, it's nice on the bright side of power"said Kelber. He announced that he wanted to increase personnel, especially in the security area.

There is currently no shortage of data protection work.

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