Politics and committee work

As an expert for secure identities and secure data, Bundesdruckerei is involved in various regional, national and international committees and also supports players in the political arena with its know-how.

Digital health services and administrative workflows, Big Data, disruptive business models: Digitalization and networking are transforming work and process flows across industries. This is leading to social change and economic challenges. The task of politics is to recognize these developments and to shape the framework conditions for them.

From Bundesdruckerei's point of view, reliable and secure management of identities and data as well as a robust IT security infrastructure are an important part of today’s canon of topics. Bundesdruckerei has recognized expertise in these areas. That’s why the company sees it as one of its tasks to help politicians create the framework conditions needed for the secure digitalization of business and administration.

Bundesdruckerei's political work

In the age of digitalization, it is essential that identities be managed in a reliable and secure manner. At the same time, the more digital our society becomes, the more vulnerable it will be to cyber attacks. A robust IT security infrastructure is therefore indispensable when it comes to successfully digitalizing our administration and the German economy – and also to strengthening our position in international competition. Politicians have recognized this and have laid down the legal framework for the secure digitalization of business and administration in the coalition agreement for the 19th legislative period.

As experts for secure identities and data, Bundesdruckerei is determined to support the players in the political arena in this process. That’s why the company is involved in a wide variety of committees, has developed discussion papers and sees itself as an initiator of political debate.

Our digital-policy topics

Digitalization means more than anything creating networks – and this also creates unwanted entry points for cyber attacks. Secure digital identities are a means of resisting such attacks.

Bundesdruckerei specializes in secure identities and data and is contributing its expertise to political discourse, particularly in the following three key areas:

Administration, health care and the economy have a high demand for digitalization. But, this digital transformation must first and foremost be secure.

Secure digitalization in the administration

Streamlined administrative services that are independent of time and place will make life easier for citizens and companies. Compared to the rest of Europe, however, Germany still lags far behind when it comes to digital public services.

 In order to change this, Bundesdruckerei recommends using the electronic ID card, for instance, as a general key for access to digital administration services. The company also advocates the nationwide introduction of digital administration services while ensuring that all the methods implemented comply with Europe’s eIDAS Regulation.

Secure digitalization in the health system

From efficient digital management of patient data and digital prescription issuing right through to digital diagnostics and remote treatment: The potential that will result from the digitalization of the health care system is expected to be enormous. Almost all stakeholders in the health care sector are certain that the drive towards digitalization must focus on the patient. Patients must have control over their data.

Bundesdruckerei is working here to achieve the highest data protection and data security standards for the benefit of the patient. This applies especially to the electronic patient record which is the key to the digitalization of the health care system.

Secure digitalization in the economy

State-of-the-art IT systems, digitized processes and connected production facilities are important competitive factors for the economy today. At the same time, they are a constant target for cyber attacks and digital industrial espionage. Companies need to protect their data, systems and assets. Then, "Made in Germany" will be able to remain a quality feature in the future. Politicians stipulate the necessary security measures, for example, in the form of the IT Security Act and through standardization efforts.

We believe that these activities must be continued and adapted to current threats, especially with regard to the increasing number of attacks on critical infrastructures.

Digital sovereignty is about giving people, companies and institutions control over the data. Discussions are currently underway regarding both the legal issues of data protection and the technical aspects of data security.

For Bundesdruckerei, digital sovereignty and data sovereignty as well as data security and data protection are very closely related. The company believes that data security is a prerequisite for data protection. This is why Bundesdruckerei supports the approaches of "Privacy by Design" and "Privacy by Default" which already anchor individual data sovereignty in product development. The company is committed to ensuring that the technically feasible IT security requirements and the resulting data security are increasingly included in political discussions on new rules for handling data.

Politicians are currently working to create a higher level of IT security. One task is to design a functioning legal framework for the certification of trusted digital services, products and processes. The Cybersecurity Act, which is also intended to improve joint cyber defence and strengthen the role of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), is being discussed at EU level.

It is at this point that Bundesdruckerei is advocating product liability in the event of IT security incidents in order to further strengthen the European digital domestic market.

Committee work - strategic alliances

Bundesdruckerei is involved in many associations and organisations, from political committees, networks, standardisation bodies to security associations and even sector-specific committees.

Collaboration unites us

Exchanging ideas, discussing political conditions, getting to know sector-specific parameters, contributing expertise: this is the root of Bundesdruckerei's membership in associations and organisations. Our employees and their expertise represent the company at regional, national and international level. Here you can see some of our memberships and committee work.

  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • European Association for Biometrics (EAB)
  • European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
  • Government Postage Stamp Printers ’ Association (GPSPA)
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA)
  • International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA)
  • 3Dsensation
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Patentinformationszentren e. V. (PIZnet)
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. (BDI)
  • Arbeitsgruppe Patentanmeldung und -dokumentation  (ARPAD)
  • Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT – bvitg e. V.  
  • Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e. V. (BME)
  • Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. (Bitkom)
  • Bundesvereinigung Logistik e. V. (BVL)
  • Bundesverband Mittelständische Wirtschaft, Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e. V. (BVMW)
  • Competence Center für die Elektronische Signatur im Gesundheitswesen e. V. (CceSigG)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualität e. V. (DGQ)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e. V. (DGFP)
  • Deutsches Fraud Forum
  • Deutsches Institut für Interne Revision e.V. (DIIR)
  • Deutsches Institut für Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement GmbH
  • Deutschland sicher im Netz e. V. (DsiN)
  • Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. (DIN)
  • Deutsche Oracle-Anwendergruppe e. V. (DOAG)
  • Deutscher EDV-Gerichtstag e. V.
  • Förderverein OSZ Druck- und Mikrointegration (IZM)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration
  • Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherung e. V. (GDD)
  • Gesellschaft für Systems Engineering e. V. (GfSE)
  • Initiative D21 e. V.
  • Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Politik, Recht, Administration und Technologie e. V. (ISPRAT)
  • mecpro 2
  • Münchner Kreis – übernationale Vereinigung für Kommunikationsforschung e. V.
  • TeleTrust – Bundesverband IT-Sicherheit e. V.
  • Verband elektronische Rechnung (VeR)
  • Vereinigung zur Förderung des Deutschen Brandschutzes e. V. (vfdb)
  • Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. (ZVEI)
  • Zukunftsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit e. V.
  • Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
  • Arbeitskreis für Unternehmenssicherheit Brandenburg (AKUS)
  • Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Berlin (IHK Berlin)
  • Verband Druck und Medien Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.
  • Verein Sichere Identitäten Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.
Patrick von Braunmühl
Patrick von Braunmühl
Head of Public Affairs
patrick.vonbraunmuehl [at] bdr.de