Suspected GDPR violations prompt over 95,000 complaints

Eight months after the landmark rules came into effect, data released by the European Commission provides a glimpse into the law’s application

Suspected GDPR violations prompt over 95,000 complaints

National data protection watchdogs in the European Union (EU) have received 95,180 complaints from citizens alleging the mishandling of personal data since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018, a joint statement by four senior European Commission officials reveals.

Overall, the officials praised the positive effects of the new privacy rules, noting that not only have EU citizens “become more conscious of the importance of data protection and of their rights”, but also that they are exercising these rights. Indeed, the statement highlights what it calls “the strongest and most modern data protection rules in the world, which are becoming a global standard”.

The complaints were mostly related to activities such as telemarketing, promotional e-mails, and video surveillance. The stats were prepared by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which oversees the GDPR’s application across the bloc.

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