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Facebook’s Tiny Privacy Fine Is a ‘Warning,’ Watchdog Says

Facebook Inc.’s German unit was handed a fine of 51,000 euros for failing to properly nominate a data protection officer for its local office, a penalty privacy regulators said should still serve as a “warning” to others.

While the punishment seems tiny for the social network giant, it targets the German unit and not the “billion-dollar parent company,” the data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany, said in its 2019 annual report published on Thursday.

Source: Facebook’s Tiny Privacy Fine Is a ‘Warning,’ Watchdog Says – Bloomberg

GDPR enforcement is on fire!

Data protection authorities (DPAs) are rapidly increasing their GDPR enforcement activities and here are some trends coming to surface.

While fines are not always particularly high, in terms of volume, data protection authorities (DPAs) are rapidly increasing their GDPR enforcement activities.

DPAs have levied 190 fines and penalties to date. Spain leads the pack as Europe’s most active regulator, followed by Romania (21) and Germany (18).

Failures of data governance – not security – trigger the most fines and penalties. Breaches are just a starting point. However, compromised data from even a single customer can be expensive.

Read full article: Guess what? GDPR enforcement is on fire! | ZDNet

ICO issues maximum pre-GDPR fine on major UK retailer

Last month the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK data protection regulator, imposed a monetary penalty notice of £500,000 on electronics retailer DSG Retail Limited (DSG), a company better known by its trading brands, such as Currys PC World and Dixons Travel. DSG is a subsidiary of Dixons Carphone plc.

The personal data breach occurred during a compromise of DSG’s systems in the time period between 24 July 2017 to 25 April 2018 – before GDPR came into force.

The ICO’s decision to impose the maximum penalty is another clear example of the fact that the ICO is determined to use its fining powers when it considers it appropriate and to impose high fines for what it considers to be serious failures.

Source: #Privacy: ICO issues maximum pre-GDPR fine on major UK retailer

Cyprus DPA banns automated scoring of employee sick leaves

The Commissioner for Personal Data Protection (Cypriot SA) banned the processing and fined LGS Handling Ltd, Louis Travel Ltd and Louis Aviation Ltd (Louis Group of Companies) for a total amount of EUR 82,000.00, concerning the lack of legal basis of “Bradford Factor” tool, which was used to score sick leaves of employees.

The reasoning behind Bradford’s Factor automated system for scoring employees’ sick leave was that short, frequent, and unplanned absences lead to a higher disorganising of the company rather than longer absences.

Source: The Cypriot Supervisory Authority banned the processing of an automated tool, used for scoring sick leaves of employees, known as the “Bradford Factor’’ and subsequently fined the controller | European Data Protection Board

€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

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