How the EU General Data Protection Regulation Was Won—The Movie


Hollywood on the Rhine. On the downside, no Captain America. On the upside, no Batman or Superman . So who does star in the German documentary "Democracy: Im Rausch der Daten" (or “Democracy: Data Fever”)?

The guy who shepherded the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), German Green Party Member of the European Parliament Jan Philipp Albrecht , and former European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding. Clearly not trying to cash in on the comic book super hero-to-movie thing. 

According to IMDB, “This creative documentary opens an astonishing inside view into the lawmaking milieu on EU level.” If you haven’t fallen asleep just reading the previous sentence, then this movie may just need to make it onto your summer 2016 not blockbuster list.

Pushing the landmark GDPR across the finish line was no mean feat. The sweeping new framework privacy law for the European Union took about half a decade to reach its finalization this spring. 

And this new law does have a terrifying monster in the cast—the possibility of fines of up to 10 million euros (slightly more than $11.3 million or 12.3 billion Iraqi dinars), or 2 percent of a company’s annual worldwide revenues [cue corporate board screaming sound effect].

So given that it is unlikely that the film will ever be shown at your local multiplex, you might want to take advantage of the June 5 free showing of the film at the marvelous, legendary, grungy Washington, D.C. concert hall the Black Cat. The free showing is courtesy of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Washington.

Or it’s available on Amazon for just over 20 bucks.

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