Berlin Group

The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications was established in 1983 at the International Conference of privacy and data protection commissioners. The Berlin data protection authority is in charge of the secretariat of this working group, also known as the Berlin Group.

The working group brings together telecommunication experts – legal  and technical experts – of the data protection authorities and other actors in the telecommunications sector. The meetings are held twice a year, one in Berlin, and one on invitation by a member of the group. Since its establishment the Berlin Group has adopted many documents and resolutions aiming to increase attention to data protection in telecommunications sectors and on the internet. These documents, even though they are not binding, inspire other data protection authorities like the Article 29 Working Party, and encourage the Privacy Commission to reflect when it carries out its daily task as a consultant and guardian of privacy.

The secretariat of the Privacy Commission actively participates in the activities of this working group.