Germany grants Federal Ministry of Health exceptional powers


On March 24 the German Bundestag passed a comprehensive amendment to the Infection Protection Act that authorises the Federal Ministry of Health to implement measures for medical care without the consent of the Federal Council. These include the ability to impose curfews and travel restrictions, override patent protection for medical products, and issue ordinances creating other exceptions to the law. The Federal Data Protection Commissioner criticised the proposals because he doubted whether interfering with citizens' fundamental rights was necessary and proportionate, but noted there was not enough to time check them adequately for compatibility with the Basic Law and GDPR.
Writer: Stefan Krempl
Publication: Heise