75% of NOYB's 800+ complaints undecided on GDPR's 5th anniversary

23/05/2023 | NOYB

On the 5th anniversary of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Austrian privacy group NOYB posted an article highlighting that only 15% of the complaints filed have been decided. The post contains a detailed analysis of all 800+ NOYB complaints by data protection authority (DPA), the age of the complaint, its current status and a summary of the case history, including dates of relevant actions. 

The post also contains a GDPR Trap Map providing a picture of the enforcement landscape across the EU, and describing the challenges at the national DPA level, along with detailed profiles for countries with specific issues. Overall, the assessment NOYB offers is one that the lack of proper procedures and legal decisions stemming from the reluctance of DPAs to take enforcement action has resulted in companies learning to avoid GDPR compliance. 

Moving forward, NOYB urges authorities to "switch gears and move towards a serious enforcement culture." Furthermore, NOYB calls on the European Commission's idea to implement a harmonisation law to address the inherent enforcement issues. On this point, NOYB has created a website with its proposal for a GDPR Procedures Regulation.

In a related post, Barrons provides a chart outlining the breakdown of GDPR fines per country. The graphic excludes the €1.2b fine issued to Meta by the Irish Data Protection Commission.  

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