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A European Commission Statement says that Data Protection Authorities across Europe received 95,180 complaints regarding the mishandling of personal data and companies reported a record number of 41,502 data breaches since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enacted on 25 May 2018. According to the GDPR provisions, businesses have the obligation to report data breaches to their national DPA in under 72 hours if personal data of European citizens is unlawfully or accidentally disclosed. Following the 95,180 complaints introduced by both individuals and organizations mandated by individuals since the enactment of the GDPR, a number of 255 investigations were initiated by national Data Protection Authorities. 41,502 data breaches reported by companies since 25 May 2018. It is important to mention though that out of those, a couple of dozen GDPR investigations were also initiated outside the scope of the complaints advanced by individuals. Moreover, the European Commission's statistics say that the most common types of GDPR complaints were related to telemarketing, promotional e-mails, and to video surveillance/CCTV, which were found to violate multiple provisions.  Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.

 

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