Not least of all due to the rise of social networks and recent disclosures regarding surveillance in the Internet, the subject of data protection has become more acute than ever before. The data protection authorities or privacy commissioners of the state and federal governments are controlling companies with increasing frequency and taking action against any such violations; making data protection a major factor in daily business. Currently, in those firms active in the media and IT sectors, which are forced to seriously consider data protection requirements during product development, the presence of an in-house data protection officer is mostly mandatory. Employee data are subject to special protection and their processing can also be subject to the co-determination of a works council or an employees’ representative. The sale and marketing of products and services nowadays often test the limits of data protection, e.g. when tracking customers on the Internet, or when monitoring one’s own website. Likewise today, the connection to social networks is, from the data protection standpoint, not always easily achieved. International data traffic can be particularly problematic - especially with the USA. The lawyers of Brehm & v. Moers are conversant with these problems and their practical solutions. Our client companies receive professional and qualified advice in implementing data protection requirements, without restricting their actual business operations. Brehm & v.Moers also offers in-house company seminars and training on data protection.