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First GDPR fine issued by Austrian data protection regulator

Austrian Data Protection Authority (“DSB”) has issued a fine against an entrepreneur for violations of the GDPR. The entrepreneur had installed a CCTV camera in front of his establishment that also recorded a large part of the sidewalk. The DSB found this act to be in violation of the GDPR, as large-scale monitoring of public spaces is not permitted under the GDPR. Apparently the camera was also not sufficiently marked as conducting video surveillance, meaning that the applicable transparency obligations had not been fulfilled.

The amount of the fine, however, was quite moderate: EUR 4,800. According to the deputy director of the DSB, fines should be proportionate – e.g. a controller with an annual income of, for example, EUR 40,000 is unlikely to receive a EUR 20 million fine from the DSB.

Source: First GDPR fine issued by Austrian data protection regulator, Gernot Fritz

ePrivacy rapporteur furious over Austria’s limited ambition

The European Parliament’s lead rapporteur on the ePrivacy Regulation has responded with fury to the news that the Austrian presidency of the Council of the EU intends to produce no more than a status update on the law’s progress by the end of the year.

Source: ePrivacy rapporteur furious over Austria’s limited ambition

Andrea Jelinek elected new WP29 chair

The Article 29 Working Party has elected Andrea Jelinek, head of Austria’s data protection authority, as its new chairwoman. Jelinek will replace the CNIL’s Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin as head of Europe’s collective group of data protection authorities, following her four years as chairwoman. The news was announced Wednesday during a WP29 press conference lead by Falque-Pierrotin, together with Jelinek. “We had an election this morning,” Falque-Pierrotin said, “and our Austrian colleague has been elected.

Source: Andrea Jelinek elected new WP29 chair

Court of Justice Dismisses Privacy Class Action Against Facebook but Allows Max Schrems to Sue in Austria

In yet another round of Schrems versus Facebook, on January 25, 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that privacy activist Max Schrems is a consumer with regard to his Facebook profile despite his advocacy activities.

Source: Court of Justice Dismisses Privacy Class Action Against Facebook but Allows Max Schrems to Sue in Austria

AUSTRIA: Data protection for personal data of legal entities under the GDPR?

Introduction With 31 July, the Austrian law amending the Data Protection Act 2000 (Data Protection Amendment Act 2018 – DSG 2018) was promulgated. This Act shall align the Austrian data protection law with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and enters into force on 25 May 2018.

Source: AUSTRIA: Data protection for personal data of legal entities under the GDPR?

New Austrian Data Protection Act implementing GDPR passed the Austrian Parliament

The first draft of the new Austrian Data Protection Act, which had been long awaited in view of the already overdue preparations for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDP) compliance, was published in May 2017.

Source: New Austrian Data Protection Act implementing GDPR passed the Austrian Parliament – Lexology

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