Data protection officer threatens to delete social media accounts
If authorities do not meet these requirements when using social networks, they must now make immediate improvements, Brink demands. But this requires the cooperation of the respective platform operator. If this cooperation is lacking and the official authority cannot meet the requirements, it must leave the platform. In an interview for netzpolitik.org (Stefan Brink is serious about data protection) Brink said laconically:
"It shouldn't come as a surprise to public authorities that people follow certain rules, but obviously many have to relearn this." He warned: "Thanks to the GDPR, in extreme cases I can also order the deletion of an account."
However, he admits in his paper that the legal situation is "difficult to understand" and "partly unclear". The legislator would have to examine whether more legal certainty could be created by a law on the public relations work of authorities.
The law could also regulate a future common communication platform for all public bodies, a "Baden-Württemberg platform". Brink also recommends using the Twitter alternative Mastodon, on which the state government also communicates.
Given the popularity of social media, the dispute is exciting and its end is open. Many state governments and ministries, as well as political parties, are currently setting up their own newsrooms in order to reach citizens more directly via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and to bypass the sometimes annoying filter function of traditional media.
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