April Infringement Package: Key Decisions

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Press Release: Personal data breach at the Breiðholt Upper Secondary School – Administrative fine

On 5 March 2020, the Icelandic SA took the decision to impose an administrative fine of ISK 1.300.000 (EUR 8.945) on the Breiðholt Upper Secondary School in a case relating to a personal data breach as a result of a lack of implementation of appropriate data protection policies and appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the data by the controller.

Press Release: Personal data breach at the National Center of Addiction Medicine – Administrative fine

On 5 March 2020, the Icelandic Supervisory Authority (SA) took the decision to impose an administrative fine of ISK 3.000.000 (EUR 20.643) on the National Center of Addiction Medicine in a case relating to a personal data breach. After carrying out an investigation of the data breach, the SA concluded that the breach was a result of a lack of implementation of appropriate data protection policies and appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the data by the controller.

Press Release: Fines proposed for two municipalities

The Danish Data Protection Agency has reported the municipality of Gladsaxe and the Municipality of Hørsholm to the police, as it finds that the municipalities have not met the requirements of an adequate level of security under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Agency became aware of the cases when both municipalities notified the agency of personal data breaches relating to the theft of computers containing personal data.

Press Release: The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes administrative fine on Google

The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes a fine of 75 million Swedish kronor (approximately 7 million euro) on Google for failure to comply with the GDPR. Google as a search engine operator has not fulfilled its obligations in respect of the right to request delisting.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Exchange of views with Commissioner Reynders and Commissioner Breton (20 February 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Intellectual property rights for the development of artificial intelligence technologies (18 February 2020)

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February Infringement Package: Key Decisions

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Event: Data Protection in the European Institutions (Brussels, 4 February 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – AOB – Commission Presentation on the implementation of the consumer protection cooperation regulation (28 November 2019)

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November infringements package: key decisions

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October 2019 infringements package: key decisions

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President-designate for Europe fit for the Digital Age (8 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Press Release: Polish DPA imposes €645,000 fine for insufficient organisational and technical safeguards

The company’s organisational and technical measures for the protection of personal data were not appropriate to the risk posed by the processing of personal data, which means that data of about 2.2 million people have fallen into the wrong hands. There was a lack of appropriate response procedures to deal with the emergence of unusual network traffic, concluded the President of the Personal Data Protection Office (UODO).

Draft Council conclusions on Eurojust: the Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit in the Digital Age

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Press Release: Eurojust helps unravel massive trans-European pay-TV fraud

A multi-country action day coordinated by Eurojust in The Hague led to the dismantling of an international criminal network committing massive fraud with pay-TV, which shows organised crime expanding its illegal activities to large-scale violations of audiovisual copyright.

Official Journal (C Series): Communication from the Commission — Updating of data used to calculate lump sum and penalty payments to be proposed by the Commission to the Court of Justice of the European Union in infringement proceedings

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Press Release: Europe’s Second Largest Counterfeit Currency Network on the Dark Web Taken Down in Portugal

The Portuguese Judicial Police (Polícia Judiciária) dismantled Europe’s second-largest counterfeit currency network on the dark web with Europol’s support. Five individuals have been arrested and are accused of counterfeiting and organised crime. Counterfeit banknotes were seized across Europe, notably in France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, worth over € 1.3 million.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee – Exchange of views with Julian King, Commissioner for the Security Union (24 July 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views, with a focus on digital, transport and finance policy, is now available.

UPDATED – July 2019 infringements package: key decisions

Update: a speech by Commissioner Vella was made available.

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area.

The Commission is also closing 146 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

Press Release: The Court interprets and applies for the first time Article 260(3) TFEU, which permits the imposition of a financial penalty for failure to fulfil the ‘obligation to notify measures transposing’ an EU directive

The Court orders Belgium to pay a penalty payment of €5,000 per day for not fully transposing the directive on high-speed electronic communications networks and, a fortiori, for failure to notify the relevant transposing measures to the Commission.

Press Release: ICO statement: Intention to fine British Airways £183.39m under GDPR for data breach

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