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Jan Philipp Albrecht

Jan Philipp Albrecht
Jan Philipp Albrecht, 2010 in Berlin
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Personal details
Born (1982-12-20) December 20, 1982 (age 31)
Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality German
Political party Alliance '90/The Greens / Greens–EFA
Residence Hamburg, Germany
Alma mater Humboldt-University, Berlin
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer

Jan Philipp Albrecht (born December 20, 1982 in Braunschweig) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament from the Alliance '90/The Greens. He is specialized in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy.

Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter-Hallstein Institut in Berlin. He graduated in ICT-law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo.


Albrecht was Spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008. In 2009 he was elected for the Greens to the European Parliament. He is the youngest MEP from Germany.

He is member of the LIBE committee and substitute member of the JURI committee in the European Parliament and works especially on home affairs, data protection and police & justice cooperation. Furthermore he is member of the Delegation of the EP to Israel


Albrecht aims to strengthen civil liberties in the digital age. He is well known for his expertise in privacy and data protection laws and is the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation as well as for the EU-US data protection framework agreement.[1] Albrecht has also been active in the decision-making process of the so-called SWIFT-agreement in the European Parliament, which meant to give US authorities access to European bank data transferred via SWIFT for their terrorist finance tracking program (TFTP).[2] He is generally opposed to the lowering of judicial standards in the protection of fundamental rights for the purpose of security means or law enforcement. Since the revelations by Edward Snowden Albrecht is pressing for reactions by governments and parliaments on the mass surveillance of citizens. On his request the European parliament started the investigations on the intelligens programs Prism and Tempora in Summer 2013.

In October 2013 Albrecht's proposal for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation has been adopted by the European Parliaments LIBE committee with a broad majority of all political groups. Since then Albrecht has become worldwide attention for his engagement on privacy and data protection standards.[3] Albrecht is also leading the upcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on the adoption of the regulation. He is intending to vote on the final bill before the next European elections in May 2014.


External links

  • Official website of Jan Philipp Albrecht

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