Spain Leads EU In Number Of GDPR Fines, But Not In The Size

EU nations have meted out 661 GDPR fines since the law took effect three years ago, according to a study by Privacy Affairs. 

Spain apparently was the leader in the number of fines it has issued:

  • Spain — 222 
  • Italy — 73 
  • Romania — 54 
  • Hungary — 39 
  • Germany — 30 
  • Norway — 26 
  • Belgium — 25 
  • Czech Republic — 25 
  • Poland — 23 
  • Bulgaria — 20

There was a different ranking for the monetary amounts: 

  • Italy — €76,217,601 
  • France —  €54,661,300 
  • Germany — €49,186,833 
  • United Kingdom — €44,221,000 
  • Spain — €29,372,510 
  • Sweden — €12,332,430 
  • Netherlands — € 5,012,500 
  • Bulgaria — €3,210,69 
  • Poland — €1,816,498 
  • Norway — €1,277,550

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Not all fines were issued to companies -- some were doled out to individuals:

  • €20,000 to a person in Spain for video surveillance of employees. 
  • €11,000 to a football coach in Austria for filming female players in the shower. 
  • €9,000 a person in Spain for illegal video surveillance of employees. 
  • €2,500 to a person in Germany who sent out emails to several people where each could see the other recipients' email addresses. 
  • €2,200 to a person in Austria for having illegally filming public areas using a personal CCTV system.
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