Mr. Schaar was born in Berlin in 1954 and has a degree in Economics. From 1979 to 1986 various functions in the public administration.1986 to 2002 in the office of Hamburg’s Data Protection Commissioner, initially as the head of the technology unit and later as deputy commissioner. 2002/2003 founder and managing director of a consulting company for data protection. From 2003 to 2013 Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. Since 2007 guest lecturer at the University of Hamburg.
Books: Datenschutz im Internet (2002), Das Ende der Privatsphäre (The End of Privacy, 2007), Total überwacht – Wie wir in Zukunft unsere Daten schützen (Total surveillance – How we protect our data in future, 2014), Das digitale Wir – Unser Weg in die transparente Gesellschaft (The digital we – Our way in the transparent society, 2015)
Awards: Prize of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation “Das politische Buch 2008” (“The Political Book 2008”) for the book Das Ende der Privatsphäre; “eco Internet AWARD 2008”, the special award of the Association of the German Internet Industry; German Data Protection Award of the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (GDD) 2013, “Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award“ of US Patients Privacy Rights (2014).