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€114 Million in Fines Imposed by EU Authorities Under GDPR

New findings from DLA Piper show that 160,000 data breach notifications reported across 28 European Union Member States and data protection authorities have imposed €114 million in monetary fines under the GDPR for a wide range of infringements. Not all fines were related to data breach infringements, however.

In terms of the total value of fines issued by geographical region, France (€51m), Germany (€24.5m) and Austria (€18m) topped the rankings, whilst the Netherlands (40,647), Germany (37,636) and the UK (22,181) had the highest number of data breaches notified to regulators.

Source: €114m in Fines Imposed by Euro Authorities Under GDPR – Infosecurity Magazine

Italy fines gas company EUR 11.5 million for unsolicited telemarketing

The Italian Supervisory Authority imposed two fines on Eni Gas and Luce (Egl), totalling EUR 11,5 million, concerning respectively illicit processing of personal data in the context of promotional activities and the activation of unsolicited contracts.

The first fine of EUR 8,5 million relates to unlawful processing in connection with telemarketing and teleselling activities – advertising calls made without the consent of the contacted person or despite that person’s refusal to receive promotional calls, or without triggering the specific procedures for verifying the public opt-out register; the absence of technical and organisational measures to take account of the indications provided by users; longer than permitted data retention periods; and the acquisition of the data on prospective customers from entities (list providers) that had not obtained any consent for the disclosure of such data.

The second fine of EUR 3 million concerns breaches due to the conclusion of unsolicited contracts for the supply of electricity and gas under ‘free market’ conditions – many individuals learned about the conclusion of a new contract only on receiving the letter of termination of the contract with the previous supplier or else the first Egl bills.

Source: THE ITALIAN SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY FINES ENI GAS E LUCE EUR 11.5 MILLION – On account of unsolicited telemarketing and contracts

2019 registers over €400m in data protection fines in Europe

Last year, the data protection authorities in the EEA imposed 190 fines with a total cost of over €410,000,000, according to a new report by Federprivacy.

The study analyzed official sources of information in the 30 countries that are part of the European Economic Area (EEA).

The most active Authority for Data Protection was Italy (GPDP) with 30 actions in 2019, followed by Spain (AEPD) with 28, and Romania (ANSPDCP) with 20. The strictest has been the UK (ICO) with €312,000,000 of sanctions (76% of the total).

Source: #Privacy: 2019 registers over €400m in data protection fines in Europe

Retailer fined half a million pounds for data breach of at least 14 million people

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined DSG Retail Limited (DSG) £500,000 after a ‘point of sale’ computer system was compromised as a result of a cyber-attack, affecting at least 14 million people.

An attacker installed malware on 5,390 tills at DSG’s Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores between July 2017 and April 2018, collecting personal data during the nine month period before the attack was detected.

The company’s failure to secure the system allowed unauthorised access to 5.6 million payment card details used in transactions and the personal information of approximately 14 million people, including full names, postcodes, email addresses and failed credit checks from internal servers.

Source: National retailer fined half a million pounds for failing to secure information of at least 14 million people | ICO

ICO Delays British Airways and Marriott GDPR Fines

Further to the publication of the ICO’s notices of intention to fine British Airways and Marriott in July 2019, the ICO has recently issued a statement delaying the issuance of both GDPR fines which had originally been expected by the end of 2019.

The ICO’s initial notices of intention to fine had stated that British Airways would face a fine of £183m ($228m) and Marriott, a fine of £99m ($123m). ICO will now have until March 31, 2020 to finalize the penalties imposed on both British Airways and Marriott, which were the result of two high-profile data breaches and subsequent ICO investigations.

Source: ICO Delays British Airways and Marriott GDPR Fines

First Ever UK GDPR Penalty is €325k for London Pharmacy

The first ever General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) penalty in the United Kingdom has been sanctioned against a London-based pharmacy by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

ICO has fined Doorstep Dispensaree €325,000 (UK£275,000) by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in relation to its ‘cavalier attitude to data protection’. This decision was taken after it was discovered that that Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware based pharmacy placed 500,000 medical documents that included sensitive information in unsecured and unlocked containers, disposal bags and in a cardboard box.

Source: First Ever UK GDPR Penalty is €325k for London Pharmacy – Compliance Junction

European tech regulator despairs over lack of enforcement

The world’s toughest privacy law proves toothless in the eyes of many critics.

More than 18 months after the European Union began implementing the world’s toughest privacy law, the bloc’s ability to rein in Big Tech is increasingly in doubt amid growing frustration over a lack of enforcement actions and weak cooperation on investigations.

side from a €50 million fine that France’s privacy regulator imposed on Google in January, there have been no fines or remedies levied at a U.S. giant since the GDPR came into effect. And the two nations most directly responsible for policing the tech sector — Ireland and Luxembourg, where the largest tech firms have their European headquarters — have yet to wrap up a single investigation of any magnitude concerning a U.S. firm.

Full article: ‘We have a huge problem’: European tech regulator despairs over lack of enforcement – POLITICO

Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million over improper data sharing

Brazil announced that it had fined Facebook $1.6 million over improperly sharing user data with Cambridge Analytica.

In issuing the fine, the Department of Consumer Protection said the data of 443,000 Facebook users was “misused” by developers of the Facebook app “thisisyourdigitallife.”

The agency ruled the data was used “for questionable purposes and without the represented parties being able to demonstrate any modifying fact that that number was actually smaller.”

Source: Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million over improper data sharing | TheHill

Belgian Supervisory Authority Imposes Cookie Fine

On December 17, 2019, the Belgian Supervisory Authority imposed a fine of €15,000 on an company operating a legal information website with approximately 35,000 unique monthly visitors for violations regarding use of cookies.

According to supervisory authority, company provided insufficient information about the cookies deployed on the website. Moreover, the cookie policy was only available in English, whereas the website targeted Dutch and French-speaking readers.

Further, the website did not obtain opt-in consent for certain types of cookies used, including first-party analytics cookies, and where consent was obtained, it was not sufficiently granular. Also, there was no easy way for users to withdraw consent.

Source: Belgian Supervisory Authority Imposes Cookie Fine

German Telecommunications Company Fined 9.5 Million Euros for GDPR Violation

German Federal Data Protection Supervisory Authority (BfDI) imposed a 9.55 million Euro fine on the telecommunications company 1&1 Telecom GmbH.

The BfDI found that the authentication procedures used by 1&1’s customer helpline were insufficient and failed to satisfy the requirements of Art. 32 GDPR. The company announced that it will challenge the order, arguing that the size of the fine is disproportionate.

Source: German Telecommunications Company Fined 9.5 Million Euros for GDPR Violation | Inside Privacy

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