Barbara Thiel was elected by Niedersachsen’s Parliament as Data Protection Officer for Niedersachsen on the 18th December 2014 and has been appointed for eight years. Her task is to supervise the adherence to data protection rules by public authorities as well as by companies and other private organizations in Niedersachsen and to protect the right on informational self-determination by doing so. Barbara Thiel grew up in the town of Salzgitter. After she started her career with the community of Salzgitter, her law studies in Göttingen and legal clerkship in Niedersachsen she worked for the Ministery of the Interior in Niedersachsen, for the Central Auditing Authority of Niedersachsen and for the county of Wolfenbüttel. At last she was Head of Department at the region of Hannover.