Privacy: Italy leads the fines in Europe by number of sanctions

Privacy: Italy leads the fines in Europe by number of sanctions

Il data processing enshrined in the new regulations, including the straight leg entry of the GDPR in the online lives of companies, has put Europe and, in particular, Italy to the test.

We think that last year, 2019, the fines reached i 410 million euro for a total number of 190 proceedings conducted by the Authorities regarding the processing of personal data.

To say it is not only Ansa, but the Federprivacy Observatory, which in a study analyzed the institutional activities on privacy carried out in over 30 countries of the European Economic Area. To the ranking by number of sanctions Italy is in the lead with ben 30 measures, for a total of 4.341.990 euros. Close behind are Spain, with 28 sanctions, and Romania, with 20. The the trophy for value of fines goes instead to the United Kingdom, which despite having issued fewer measures, made them much more severe, for a total of 312 million euros - 76% of the total we mentioned in the first paragraph.

The GDPR is always lurking

Although the Italian Guarantor of the legislation has been waiting for over 6 months for the renewal of the panel that expired last June, Antonello Soro of the Privacy Authority is continuing to regularly carry out the inspection activities that are his responsibility. At the end of 2019, according to what was also declared by Federprivacy, he had proceeded to enroll in the role of 779 offenders, with a total expected collection of around 11 million euros.

However, we are not all so inattentive. Think of countries like Ireland and Luxembourg, home to most of the multinationals, where the Authorities have not yet issued fines.

What are the most frequent fines?

Federprivacy has compiled a list of the most frequently sanctioned infringements:

  • Unlawful data processing, 44%
  • Insufficient security measures, 18%
  • Omitted or unsuitable information, 9%
  • Failure to respect the rights of data subjects, 13%
  • IT incidents or data breaches, 9%

In a nutshell, we are faced with a situation where the alignment of your website to the GDPR regulations is essential to avoid the increasing controls of the authorities. As always, adhering to the new personal data treatment will be much cheaper than incurring a fine for not applying it.