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Data Protection Council

The advisory body to the Federal Government and the governments of the lander on legal policy issues relating to data protection in Austria, which has its offices in the Federal Chancellery.

The Data Protection Council is an advisory body that advises the Federal Government and the governments of the lander at their request on legal policy issues relating to data protection. It is in charge of ensuring data protection; in this capacity, its primary objective is to observe the development of data protection in Austria and draw up proposals for its improvement. In practice, the Data Protection Council acts autonomously and independently of political guidelines.

The key tasks of the Data Protection Council are to advise on issues of fundamental importance for data protection and to express opinions on legislation drafted by the federal ministries if it is of significance for data protection law. The Data Protection Council can inform the Federal Government and the governments of the lander of its observations, concerns and any proposals to improve data protection in Austria and bring them to the attention of the legislative bodies through the intermediary of these institutions.

Members of the Data Protection Council include representatives of the political parties, the Federal Chamber of Labour, the Federal Economic Chamber, the lander (federal regions), the Association of Municipalities, the Association of Towns and Cities, and a representative of the Federal Government appointed by the Federal Chancellor. The members of the Data Protection Council serve in an honorary capacity.

The Federal Chancellery is responsible for the management of the Data Protection Council.

Legal basis

The Data Protection Council is established as a control body in the Data Protection Act (DSG 2000) (§ 35 (1), §41, §42, §43, §44).

Contact

Offices of the Data Protection Council 
Federal Chancellery
Ballhausplatz 2, 1010 Vienna
Email: v3@bka.gv.at