Year 1 of GDPR: Over 200,000 cases reported, firms fined €56 meeelli… Oh, that’s mostly Google

European data protection agencies have issued fines totalling €56m for GDPR breaches since it was enforced last May, from more than 200,000 reported cases – but watchdogs have said they’re just warming up.

An assessment from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which is made up of regulators across the region, found that, in the first nine months, there were 206,326 cases reported under the new law from the supervisory authorities in the 31 countries in the European Economic Area.

Vivienne Artz, chief privacy officer of market data purveyor Refinitiv, cited the report (PDF), published at the end of February, at a panel event assessing the first year of GDPR at a data protection conference in London this week run by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

About 65,000 were initiated on the basis of a data breach report by a data controller, while about 95,000 were complaints. Some 52 per cent of the overall cases have already been closed, with 1 per cent facing a challenge in national courts.

Artz said that the total fines came to €55.96m – which she observed seemed like a lot before you realise that almost all of it comes from French data watchdog CNIL’s €50m fine for Google.

Indeed, the figure emphasises the size of CNIL’s fine – which was the first it had handed out under GDPR – and the body’s director of the rights protection and sanctions directorate, Mathias Moulin, was on the panel to set out its reasoning. ..Read More..

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