The single contact point
The single contact point (German abbreviation “ZASt”) is established at the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI). It coordinates the cross-border cooperation of the data protection supervisory authorities of the federal and state governments with the other Member States of the European Union, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Commission.
In the federal system, which is unique throughout Europe, it enables the supervisory authorities of the EU Member States, the EDPB and the European Commission to communicate and cooperate effectively with the German supervisory authorities without knowledge of the distribution of competences.
The ZASt does not perform sovereign administrative tasks. It acts in the common interest of the federal and state supervisory authorities. It is not active in the external relationship vis-à-vis citizens, authorities and companies.