German mayors feared additional costs of around 250 million marks, the data protection workers went to the barricades, but German companies had to save since the beginning of their employees’ data in the central database ELENA. Yesterday the Ministry of Economy and Labor buried the data octopus. A little bit anyway.
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs have agreed after a thorough review of the ELENA procedure to terminate the proceedings as soon as possible. Both authorities unanimously announced this.
“Reason is the lack of distribution of the qualified electronic signature. Extensive research has now shown that despite all efforts, this safety standard, which is imperative for the ELENA process, is not going to be widespread in the foreseeable future. However, this depends on the success of the ELENA process. ”
For eGovernment experts, this finding is no surprise, but the ministerial data collectors had so far consistently disregarded this.
Now a law has to be in place to be able to erase the data
The Federal Government only wants to ensure that the previously stored data is deleted immediately and the employers are relieved of the existing electronic reporting obligations. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology will soon be presenting a draft bill. Until then, companies will probably continue to ask for data exports.
However, the new joint ministerial declaration of intent must sound almost like a threat to the ELENA opponents: “It is important to the Federal Government to find solutions that take up the investments of the economy made so far. The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs will work out a concept on how to use the already existing infrastructure of the ELENA procedure and the acquired know-how for a simpler and unbureaucratic social security reporting procedure. “