Deutsche Telekom is expanding its focus on data privacy by adding academics, lawyers and politicians to its advisory board.

The board, which helps the Germany-based operator ensure its processes, structures, products and services respect data privacy, also plans to broaden its remit to focus on new ethical areas.

This will include analysing societal expectations of how telcos use customer data and assessing new legal provisions governing security and privacy.

Further, the board will work to develop a set of measures defining how data can be used.

To do all this it has added six new members, including Axel Voss, a German Member of the European Parliament.

Three academics – Gabi Dreo Rodosek, Chair for Communication Systems and Network Security at Bundeswehr University Munich, Gregor Thüsing, Director of the Institute for Labour Law and Social Security Law at the University of Bonn and Christiane Woopen, Professor of Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne – also come on board.

Other new additions include Susanne Dehmel, Member of the Executive Board for Law and Security at German digital trade body Bitkom, as well as lawyer and essayist Yvonne Hofstetter.

The new faces join the five current members, who include Lothar Schröder, member of the ver.di National Executive Board and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom.

Thomas Kremer, Member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Telekom for Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance at Deutsche Telekom, said: “By doing [this] we aim to prepare ourselves better for the breath-taking pace of digitalisation as it shapes our society.”

Kremer said he wanted to build on the efforts of the board so far which had made Deutsche Telekom “the most trustworthy company in the industry.”

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