Responsibilities of the Single Contact Point (ZASt)
Germany has – unique in Europe – a federal system of data protection supervision, consisting of the Federal Data Protection Commissioner and the data protection authorities of the federal states (“Länder”). In this context, the single contact point serves as an interface to the European level. It ensures the effective involvement of all German supervisory authorities and their smooth cooperation.
The single contact point is located at the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI), but is organizationally separated from the latter. The single contact point acts in the common interest of the federal and state supervisory authorities. In doing so, it supports the German supervisory authorities in the incoming and outgoing communication to and from Europe as well as in establishing common positions in European affairs. In addition, the single contact point has further supporting tasks. For example, it monitors the procedural requirements and deadlines for European procedures under the GDPR. The single contact point also acts as a national entry point for requests from European supervisory authorities in procedures for the approval of Binding Corporate Rules (BCR), Article 47 of the GDPR.
The tasks of the single contact point are limited to supporting the supervisory authorities of the federal and state governments in their responsibilities. In doing so, the ZASt does not perform data protection supervisory responsibilities itself. The ZASt is not responsible for the external relationship with citizens, authorities and companies and cannot take action in this regard.
The contact details of the national and European data protection supervisory authorities can be found in the Addresses section.