3 Surprising GDPR Breaches and Their Fines



As a business owner, you should be aware of the GDPR.


If not, where have you been? But don’t worry, you can catch up here.


For those of us in the know: it’s 2019, the GDPR is in full swing and the list of companies who’ve had to pay the price continues to grow.


Here are 3 surprising GDPR breaches and their fines for your perusal and education:


CCTV in Austria - In October 2018, an Austrian business was fined £4,100 for installing a CCTV camera on their premises that captured part of the public pavement. This serves as a warning to any businesses operating CCTV cameras; you should not record areas that are not on your property.


Google – Yes, it happens to the best of us. In January 2019, French regulators fined Google a record-setting £42.7 millions for failing to provide transparent and accessible information on its data consent policies. While your business most probably isn’t likely to receive such a hefty fine, the reasoning is worth your consideration.


Unencrypted Passwords – After being hacked in September 2018, a German social media company was fined £17,000 but not for being hacked. During the investigation of the breach, which exposed over 800,000 users personal data, it was found that the users’ passwords had been stored in unencrypted text.


The fine could have been heavier, though. The German authorities explained that their speed of reporting the breach and transparency to their users benefited them significantly. The takeaway here is you should be honest about breaches and make sure sensitive data is encrypted.


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