Data protection in Bavaria: Pensioners take the bouncy castle and land in the police database

The Annual report 2019 by the Bavarian data protection officer Thomas Petri comprises almost 170 pages and maps many problems between citizens and authorities in data protection. Once again, this is also about the Police Tasks Act.

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So was a 78 year old man who was a bouncy castle for in a playground
had photographed his grandson as a possible pedophile threat
landed in police databases. The pensioner only received his confiscated smartphone after a month. “With his consent, a video sequence was deleted from the phone, although neither legally problematic data nor recordings of the children in question from the bouncy castle were recognizable on it,” writes the state data protection officer.

Although the commissioner responsible for sexual offenses “It was concluded that there was no evidence of sexual motivation for the pensioner, the incident at the state and even at the federal level resulted in numerous storages for” police security “,” reports the state data protection officer. Only after the intervention of the data protection officer, the man’s files – including a DNA test and finger and palm prints – were deleted by the police.

Data protection officer criticizes how many municipalities deal with citizen data

The practice of many Bavarian municipalities to outsource citizen data to external service providers is questionable from the point of view of the state data protection officer. The protection of data from ignorance is often no longer easy
guaranteed, Petri told the dpa news agency.

There are currently talks with the state and municipalities across the country
uniform criteria by which all municipalities should orient themselves.
It is particularly problematic if the municipality has any
Sovereignty over the data, not encrypted enough
and at the same time the service provider is not carefully selected.

In 2020, the data protection officer is concerned with the corona crisis

Looking ahead to the current year, Petri sees the corona crisis as
Focus on data protection. Dealing with video conferencing and
the planned introduction of an app for the detection of infection chains
are good examples, like the pandemic data protection
affect, he said.

With the app, it would be questionable under data protection law if the
Petri emphasized that information would not be donated voluntarily. At
There are always video conferences of employees in the home office
Cases in which data would be passed on unintentionally. The catch
already suggest that not in all technical systems
It can be ensured that unauthorized persons also attend conferences
could participate. When it comes to exams in video formats, requirements are also questionable that test subjects should film their apartment in order to be allowed to participate.

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