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Global tech corporation fined for GDPR violations fends off daily fines

Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security Luxembourg Of Interest to Non-US Persons GDPR EU Enforcement

Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security

According to sources, the Luxembourg President of the Administrative Tribunal issued an ordinance on December 17 partially suspending a July decision issued by the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) against a global technology corporation for alleged violations of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). As previously covered by InfoBytes, the CNPD fined the corporation $746 million euro (approximately $888 million USD), issuing a decision against the corporation’s European headquarters, claiming the corporation’s “processing of personal data did not comply with the [GDPR].” The decision—which required corresponding practice revisions, the details of which were not disclosed—followed an investigation started in 2018 when a French privacy group claiming to represent the interests of Europeans filed complaints against several large technology companies to ensure European consumer data is not manipulated for commercial or political purposes. The December ordinance suspends orders that required the corporation to make a number of changes to its data processes by January 15 or risk additional daily fines. Sources stated that the CNPD’s order “had not been formulated in clear, precise and free of uncertainty terms” that would allow the corporation to meet the conditions. The corporation’s appeal is still pending.

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