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PrivacyNama Interview: Marit Hansen, State Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany

Marit Hansen

On 14 October, MediaNama interviewed Marit Hansen, State Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany as a part of #PrivacyNama 2021 to discuss what it takes to run a data protection authority. 

Some aspects covered in this interview:

  • Commissioner Hansen’s journey to becoming a Data Protection Commissioner, as a technologist
  • How the Data Protection Authorities in Germany are structured
  • How Data Protection Authorities work with governments, and what structural safeguards need to be put into place
  • How Data Protection Authorities are funded
  • Activities that Data Protection Authorities need to prioritise
  • Setting up processes related to privacy by default, privacy by design.
  • Working with companies to enable the right environment for privacy, especially when it comes to companies taking calculated risks with privacy violations
  • Impact of criminal liability on implementation of privacy legislation
  • Setting up systems to deal with consumer complaints

Commissioner Hansen was also part of the PrivacyNama session on the Operationalisation of Privacy legislation.

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



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