Today I'm just bursting with ideas. For example, I'm now thinking about creating a very personal "blacklist" of companies that just annoy me. And since I'm constantly writing here on Kümmerle's weblog, it's only logical to keep this list visible to everyone.

Now I'm curious to see what will become of this idea? In doing so, I can at least record for myself why this company in particular annoys me so much that I take the time to enter it in such a list.

Privacy policy

I recently got the institution Data protection officer praised for actually doing what it was designed to do. But I also noticed that there are quite a few German companies that don't give a damn about data protection and aren't afraid of being approached by our data protection officers.

In the meantime, the whole thing has changed further.

If you now want to complain to the data protection officer, it is no longer sufficient to send an e-mail to the data protection officer responsible for you, who then sends it to the appropriate department — you know your colleagues, at least that’s how it should be be — forwards.

Instead, you are asked to first determine which data protection officer is responsible for the company you want to complain about. It is not so easy to determine this in Germany, since the imprint obligation — which also allows you to localize the company — probably only applies to ordinary people.

If you have now found out the place of business of the company concerned, then you look for the responsible data protection officer. And when you have found it, you now look for the appropriate form.

There, as a citizen, you can “undress completely” before you have the opportunity to provide information about the facts. Fortunately, one is now even asked whether one agrees that the authority forwards one's own personal data to the company concerned.

And once you've done all that and clicked send, the complaint disappeared into the digital nirvana of German authorities. For days I've been waiting at least for the legally required acknowledgments of receipt from these authorities - but they probably received my complaints, since I'm now being bombarded with advertising from an affected company.

So it fits very well that the first politicians are demanding less data protection! But they only mean less protection for us citizens, because fraudulent companies and criminals have always enjoyed the highest possible protection status in Germany.


Yesterday I was able to sweeten my day with reading to my old elementary school, but today I have a few less pleasant appointments ahead of me. You will probably only be really free when you manage to only keep the appointments that you personally like. But at least I'm working on it.

birthdays of the day

Maria Callas and Gianni Versace