The single contact point
The single contact point (German abbreviation “ZASt”) 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 with the German data protection supervisory authorities without knowledge of the distribution of competences.
Although it is established at the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI), the single contact point (ZASt) is organizationally separated from the latter. This organisational separation is intended to counteract any conflict of interests and ensure that the data protection supervisory authorities of the federal and state governments are treated equally with the flow of information to and from Europe.
The tasks of the single contact point (ZASt) are limited to supporting the federal and state data protection supervisory authorities in their tasks. 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.