GDPR fines increased more than a third last year despite COVID-19

19/01/2021 | DLA Piper

A report released by international law firm DLA Piper has revealed a 39% increase in GDPR fines across 31 European countries, including the UK, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, along with the 27 EU Member States. DLA Piper identified that data protection authorities had administered €272.5m in fines since the EU GDPR went into effect. The law firm found the Italian DPA, the Garante, has issued roughly €69.3m in penalties since May 2018, the highest in the EU. The top-five is rounded out by the DPAs in Germany, France, the U.K. and Spain. DLA Piper also found there have been more than 281,000 data breach notifications reported in that time frame, with Germany posting the highest number at 77,747. A similar report earlier in the month revealed the UK second for GDPR fines in 2020.

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