Over 95000 Complaints Filed On Suspected GDPR Violations

Eight month into the GDPR and statistics released by the European Commission provides us with the effects of its application. The watchdogs in European Union (EU) received almost 95180 complaints from citizens regarding the misuse of their personal data, which reflects EU’s GDPR violations. Overall the impact of the new regulation is extremely positive as people are not only getting awareness, but they are also exercising their rights which they possess.

Most of the complaints are related to the telemarketing, email marketing and surveillance through cameras, on the other hand, organisations have also reported 41,502 notifications to the concerned Data Protection Authorities since May 25, 2018. Organisations have the responsibility to report if there is any GDPR violations found within 72 hours of becoming aware of the incident to the supervisory authority.

Additionally, DPAs have initiated a number of 255 investigations and in three cases penalties have been imposed, one such example is of French Data Protection authority CNIL where they fined google €50-million for GDPR violations. Google is also planning to file an appeal on the decision. These stats were prepared by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which enforces the GDPR’s application across the EU.

There is a fine of either €20 million or up to 4 per cent of the firm’s global turnover.

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