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Hesse: HBDI publishes 2021 activity report 

The Hessen data protection authority ('HBDI') announced, on 8 June 2022, that it had published its 2021 activity report. In particular, the HBDI stated that, in contrast to developments in Germany and the rest of the world, no serious violations were found in Hesse and that data protection was largely accepted. Nonetheless, the HBDI noted that reports of cyber attacks, exploits of software vulnerabilities, and data breaches increased by half from 1,433 in 2020 to 2,016 in 2021. Furthermore, the HBDI highlighted that during the previous year the following areas, among others, had shaped the HBDI's supervisory activities: 

  • the pandemic, where data protection had been considered as an effective support for trust in implementing the state's policies and measures;
  • video conferencing, where structural changes were required after it had been found that the use of some systems had consisted of unlawful transfers of personal data to the US;
  • cybercrime, where an increase of cyber incidents had materialised;
  • video surveillance; and
  • freedom of information, which has seen growing interest in Hesse. 

You can read the press release here and the report here, both only available in German.