On 25 May 2018, Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data will become applicable.
In view of this deadline and at the invitation of the German notariat, the CNUE held a workshop on data protection in Berlin on 5 February. Participants from 13 notariats took part in this initiative and shared the progress of their reflections with a view to complying with the new instrument. It was also the opportunity to exchange good practices already in place or in the process of being implemented in their respective notariats. The discussions were chaired by Joachim Püls, a notary in Dresden and President of the Saxony Regional Chamber of Notaries.
After a general introduction to the European Regulation, the discussions focused on data protection from two different angles, namely compliance at the level of the notarial chambers and priorities for notary offices.
Questions relating to the provision of a data protection officer in notary offices and the methods of implementing this were particularly intense (employee within the notary practice, use of an external service, etc.). The practical arrangements for implementing the requirements of the Regulation (mapping, impact assessment, etc.) provided a basis for exchanges. This workshop thus demonstrated the European notariat’s willingness to enable effective and timely implementation of the new regulation.
This work echoed the recent remarks of European Commissioner Vera Jourová, who said that at this stage, at Member State level, only Austria and Germany had taken the necessary measures to comply with the new rules. She called on other Member States to speed up the adoption of national legislation and ensure that these measures comply with the Regulation.