Definitions in German data protection law

Public and non-public bodies

Sec. 2 BDSG defines public and non-public bodies:

(1) Public bodies of the Federation

(2) Public bodies of the German States (Länder)

(3) Association of public bodies

(4) Private bodies

(5) Public bodies of the Federation and the German States will be treated like private bodies, if they take part in competition which private companies.