Europe data privacy decisions round-up August 2021

A round-up of some of the most recent data privacy decisions led by data protection authorities in Europe. United Kingdom The High Court of England and Wales held that controllers and processors outside of the EU that nominate a representative under Article 27 GDPR cannot outsource liability for breaches of the GDPR. The representative can … Read more

Most ironic PECR fine yet as firm selling nuisance call blocker fined under TPS rules

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A new contender for the most ironic PECR fine yet has entered the ring: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), in the United Kingdom, has fined Yes Consumer Solutions Limited (YCSL) £170,000 for making 188,493 unsolicited direct marketing calls to customers registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The fine follows an assessment under the Privacy … Read more

How much are GDPR fines?

There are two tiers of fine under the EU-GDPR & UK-GDPR. The tiers are based on the type of violation and the type of data processing concerned.  Most organisations fall within the lower-level tier. UK-GDPR Fines Lower-tier violations can lead to a fine of up to £8.7 million or 2% of the organisation’s worldwide annual … Read more

Can an individual get a GDPR fine?

Worried about being personally liable for 20 million euro fine?  (errr, do you guys take card?) We’ve got good news, it’s highly unlikely, unless your side hustle is a one-employee Facebook clone. But it’s not totally straightforward.  It is quite easy to find yourself liable for some smaller fines. So in this article we’ll explore … Read more

ICO fines protein e-commerce company Muscle Foods Limited for sending millions of marketing messages without valid consent

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Over seven months, the ICO estimates that protein retailing e-commerce company Muscle Food sent 135,651,627 marketing emails and 6,354,426 marketing SMS messages without valid consent. The ICO have issued Muscle Foods Limited, trading as Muscle Food, a monetary penalty notice and enforcement notice imposing a fine of £50,000 for sending approximately 135,651,627 marketing emails and … Read more

ICO fines “Digital Growth Experts Ltd” £60,000 for sending thousands of nuisance marketing texts during coronavirus pandemic

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The ICO have recently fined “Digital Growth Experts Ltd”, formerly “Motorhome Brokers Ltd” for sending thousands of marketing text messages without consent.  This brazen breach of PECR occured between 29 February and 30 April 2020. Reportedly, 16,190 messages were received, promoting a hand sanitising gel. During their investigation the ICO found that Digital Growth Experts … Read more