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Discussions are taking place at both national and European level on how to foster the availability of data. Proposals include, for example, the establishment of neutral data intermediaries and concepts such as “data altruism”.

In general, the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband – vzbv) welcomes this approach. Better availability of data can create added value for individual consumers and help solve social problems, such as the transition to a smarter mobility. Improved availability of data is also desirable from a competition perspective.

However, vzbv rejects the idea of direct remuneration of consumers for their data, as this would create false incentives for low-income groups. In addition, data protection requirements and basic principles such as purpose limitation must not be undermined. Responsible data use is only possible if people can fully trust in the protection of their personal data.

vzbv demands

  • no lowering of data protection as a consequence of the facilitation of data use
  • clear rules for data intermediaries that ensure their neutrality
  • a precise definition of data processing for the common good
  • the promotion of research on anonymization techniques and safeguards for anonymised data
  • promote data portability and interoperability through open standards and open systems


Personal Information Management System (PIMS) | position paper of vzbv | 19 February 2020

Personal Information Management System (PIMS) | position paper of vzbv | 19 February 2020

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