B.President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) has proposed a change in the law so that the addresses of party donors no longer have to be given in full. This emerges from a briefing by Schäuble about the development of party finances, about which the “Spiegel” reports. It was also published in advance on the Bundestag website. So far, parties have had to state the names, addresses and donation amounts of people in their annual reports who give them more than 10,000 euros within a calendar year.
“The fact that, with an apparently increasing tendency, political differences of opinion are being carried out more violently and hostile, culminating in messages of hatred, threats or even attacks, justifies the understandable and growing need to give more space to the idea of data protection,” says the report published in June . “In fact, one can hardly imagine more sensitive data than a combination of information on residence, political preferences and financial performance.”
Schäuble sees the legislator as being asked to find a solution: “One way could be to create a more extensive notification or information obligation to the party financing authority and either to refrain from publishing the address entirely, or to specify the place of residence and zip code restrict.”