GDPR Fines and Lessons for Startups

GDPR fines are getting larger and more frequent. An average fine is now more than $500,000, making a GDPR fine equivalent to a whole seed round!
GDPR Fines and Lessons for Startups

Fines arising from Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are getting bigger, more companies are being fined and more Supervisory Authorities in Europe are taking action. Total GDPR fines in 2019 reached a mind-boggling €417.5 million, almost 1,000 times higher than 2018. 750 companies received GDPR-related fines during the year, making the average GDPR fine around €500,000.

Cumulative GDPR Fines over time
Source: enforcementtracker.com, provided by CMS Law.Tax

GDPR for Startups

In November 2019, Uber was fined €600,000 by the Dutch regulator following a data breach in 2016 that affected more than 50 million users. The increasing number of fines means that it’s only a matter of time before a smaller startup receives a fine. On average, the size of a GDPR fine in 2019 was about equivalent to an average startup’s seed round and so it’s important to take GDPR seriously.

Taking care of customers’ data, ensuring that you’re only collecting the data you reasonably need and only using that data for reasons that you collected are essential steps towards achieving GDPR compliance for startups. The first step to taking care of your customers’ data is knowing where the data is, which means ensuring that you know what SaaS products your team are using. Uncontrolled SaaS subscriptions are a key GDPR risk for startups - if you don’t know what SaaS you’re using, you don’t know if the tools you’re using are GDPR compliant. And if you don’t know if the tools you are using are GDPR compliant, then you’re leaving yourself needlessly open to GDPR fines. Cledara helps you discover, buy, manage and cancel their SaaS, bringing full transparency to your company’s SaaS stack.

List of GDPR Fines

DateCountryFine Amount (EUR)Company Name
01/11/2019Latvia150,000Unknown
01/10/2019Hungary15,100Town of Kerepes
01/08/2019Austria50,000Company in the medical sector
01/07/2019Austria11,000Private person (soccer coach)
01/03/2019Germany50,000N26
01/03/2019Norway170,000Bergen Municipality
20/12/2019United Kingdom320,000Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd. (Pharmacy)
18/12/2019Romania2,000Telekom Romania Mobile Communications SA
17/12/2019Belgium15,000website providing legal information
17/12/2019Belgium2,000tbd
16/12/2019Sweden35,000Nusvar AB
16/12/2019Romania2,000Globus Score SRL
16/12/2019Belgium2,000Nursing Care Organisation
11/12/2019Hungary1,500Unknown Company
10/12/2019Spain1,600Megastar SL
09/12/2019Germany9,550,000Telecoms provider (1&1 Telecom GmbH)
09/12/2019Germany10,000Rapidata GmbH
04/12/2019Romania20,000S CNTAR TAROM SA (Airline)
03/12/2019Germany105,000Hospital
03/12/2019Spain1,500Cerrajeria Verin S.L.
03/12/2019Spain5,000Linea Directa Aseguradora
02/12/2019Romania2,000Nicola Medical Team 17 SRL
29/11/2019Romania2,500Royal President S.R.L.
29/11/2019Romania500Homeowners Association
28/11/2019Belgium5,000Mayor
28/11/2019Belgium5,000Municipal alderman
28/11/2019Romania80,000ING Bank N.V.
28/11/2019Spain75,000Curenergía Comercializador de último recurso
26/11/2019Romania3,000Modern Barber
25/11/2019Romania11,000Courier Services Company
22/11/2019Romania2,000BNP Paribas Personal Finance S.A.
21/11/2019Spain60,000Viaqua Xestion Integral Augas de Galicia
21/11/2019France500,000Futura Internationale
19/11/2019Spain60,000Corporacion radiotelevision espanola
19/11/2019Spain60,000Xfera Moviles S.A.
19/11/2019Spain6,000Sports Bar
18/11/2019Hungary90Hospital
14/11/2019Spain30,000Telefonica SA
13/11/2019Spain3,000General Confederation of Labour ('CGT')
07/11/2019Spain900TODOTECNICOS24H S.L.
06/11/2019Spain900Cerrajero Online
06/11/2019Spain60,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
31/10/2019Spain6,000Jocker Premium Invex
31/10/2019The Netherlands900,000UWV (Dutch employee insurance service provider)
31/10/2019The Netherlands50,000Menzis (Health Insurance Company)
30/10/2019Germany14,500,000Deutsche Wohnen SE
30/10/2019GermanyUnknownDeutsche Wohnen SE
28/10/2019Bulgaria511Employer
25/10/2019Spain36,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
24/10/2019Hungary7,400Military Hospital
23/10/2019Austria18,000,000Austrian Post
23/10/2019Spain60,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
18/10/2019Poland9,380Major of Aleksandrow Kujawski
18/10/2019Greece20,000Wind Hellas Telecommunications
17/10/2019Romania2,500UTTIS INDUSTRIES SRL
16/10/2019Spain60,000Xfera Moviles S.A.
16/10/2019Spain8,000Iberdrola Clientes
16/10/2019Poland47,000ClickQuickNow
12/10/2019Spain5,000Shop Macoyn, S.L.
09/10/2019Romania150,000Raiffeisen Bank SA
09/10/2019Romania20,000Vreau Credit SRL
08/10/2019Bulgaria5,112The Ministry of Interior Affairs
07/10/2019Greece200,000Telecommunication Service Provider
07/10/2019Greece200,000Telecommunication Service Provider
07/10/2019Bulgaria511B.D.
01/10/2019Spain30,000Vueling Airlines
26/09/2019Romania9,000Inteligo Media SA
19/09/2019Germany195,407Delivery Hero
17/09/2019Belgium10,000Merchant
10/09/2019Poland645,000Morele.net
03/09/2019Bulgaria28,100National Revenue Agency
03/09/2019Bulgaria1,022Telecommunication service provide
03/09/2019Bulgaria5,113Telecommunication service provide
03/09/2019Bulgaria11,760Commercial representative of telecommunication service provider
03/09/2019Bulgaria1,121Private enforcement agent
28/08/2019Bulgaria2,600,000National Revenue Agency
28/08/2019Bulgaria511,000DSK Bank
26/08/2019Latvia7,000Online Services
20/08/2019Sweden18,630School in Skellefteå
16/08/2019Spain60,000AVON COSMETICS
DateCountryFine Amount (EUR)Company Name
30/07/2019Greece150,000PWC Business Solutions
25/07/2019France180,000ACTIVE ASSURANCES (car insurer)
09/07/2019United Kingdom110,390,200Marriott International, Inc
08/07/2019United Kingdom204,600,000British Airways
05/07/2019Romania3,000LEGAL COMPANY & TAX HUB SRL
02/07/2019Romania15,000WORLD TRADE CENTER BUCHAREST SA
27/06/2019Romania130,000UNICREDIT BANK SA
25/06/2019Hungary15,150Unknown
18/06/2019The Netherlands460,000Haga Hospital
13/06/2019France20,000Employer UNIONTRAD COMPANY
11/06/2019Spain250,000Professional Football League (LaLiga)
03/06/2019Denmark200,850IDdesign A / S
28/05/2019Belgium2,000Mayor
28/05/2019France400,000SERGIC (Real Estate)
23/05/2019Hungary92,146Organizer of SZIGET festival and VOLT festival
16/05/2019Lithuania61,500Payment service provider UAB MisterTango
09/05/2019Germany1,400Police Officer
06/05/2019Czech Republic194Unknown
29/04/2019Norway203,000Oslo Municipal Education Department
25/04/2019Poland12,950Sports association
17/04/2019Italy50,000Italian political party Movimento 5 Stelle
17/04/2019Hungary9,400Unknown
08/04/2019Bulgaria510Medical centers
05/04/2019Hungary34,375Hugarian political party
05/04/2019Hungary1,900Unknown
26/03/2019Poland220,000Private company working with data from publicly available sources
26/03/2019Bulgaria5,100A.P. EOOD
25/03/2019Portugal2,000Unknown
21/03/2019Czech Republic9,704Unknown
19/03/2019Portugal2,000Unknown
04/03/2019Hungary3,200Unnamed financial institution
28/02/2019Czech Republic582Unknown
28/02/2019Hungary3,200Mayor's Office of the city of Kecdkemét
26/02/2019Bulgaria27,100Telecommunication service provider
26/02/2019Czech Republic776Unknown
22/02/2019Bulgaria500Employer
20/02/2019Hungary1,560Debt collector
18/02/2019Malta5,000Lands Authority
08/02/2019Hungary1,560Bank
05/02/2019Germany2,500Private person
05/02/2019Portugal20,000Unknown
04/02/2019Czech Republic1,165Car renting company
04/02/2019Czech Republic1,165Credit brokerage
21/01/2019France50,000,000Google Inc.
17/01/2019Bulgaria500Bank
10/01/2019Czech Republic388Employer
2019Cyprus5,000State Hospital
2019Cyprus10,000Newspaper
2019Denmark160,000Taxa 4x35
2019Germany80,000Unknown
2019Cyprus14,000Doctor
2019Germany80,000Unknown
2019Spain21,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
2019Spain36,000VODAFONE ONO, S.A.U.
2019Spain48,000VODAFONE ONO, S.A.U.
2019Spain48,000TELEFONICA MOVILES ESPANA, S.A.U.
2019Spain30,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
2019Spain40,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
2019Spain20,000individual
2019Spain9,000individual
2019Spain3,600AMADOR RECREATIVOS, S.L
2019Germany800Police Officer
20/12/2018Austria2,200Private person
18/12/2018Hungary3,200Unknown
17/12/2018Germany5,000Kolibri Image Regina und Dirk Maass GbR
09/12/2018Austria4,800Betting place
04/12/2018Bulgaria500Bank
21/11/2018Germany20,000Knuddels.de
25/10/2018Czech Republic388Unknown
27/09/2018Austria300Private car owner
17/07/2018Portugal400,000Public Hospital
2018Austria1,800Kebab restaurant
2018AustriaUnknownRestaurant
2018Germany20,000Unknown
2018Germany500Unknown
UnknownCzech Republic3,140UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.
UnknownGermany118Unknown
UnknownSpain5,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
UnknownSpain60,000Debt collecting agancy (GESTION DE COBROS, YO COBRO SL)
UnknownSpain27,000VODAFONE ESPANA, S.A.U.
UnknownSpain60,000ENDESA (energy supplier)
UnknownSpain9,600Restaurant (SANTI 3000, S.L.)
UnknownSlovakiaUnknownUnknown
UnknownSlovakiaUnknownUnknown
UnknownSlovakiaUnknownUnknown
UnknownSlovakiaUnknownUnknown
UnknownSlovakia40,000Slovak Telekom
UnknownSpain12,000Madrilena Red de Gas
UnknownSlovakia50,000Social Insurance Agency
UnknownCzech Republic588Alza.cz a.s.
UnknownCzech Republic980Individual entrepreneur - no further details published
UnknownSpain10,000Ikea Iberica

Source: enforcementtracker.com, provided by CMS Law.Tax

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