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In European countries: 66% increase in data breaches

In European countries: 66% increase in data breaches

In the last year, notifications of personal data breaches requested by the GDPR have increased by 66% in the main countries of the European Economic Area. To highlight this, it’s an analysis of Linklaters.

The only country to record a drop in notifications per data breach was the United Kingdom, which fell to 11,499 notifications, a decrease of 17% compared to the first year of full GDPR application. As the study states, the reason for the decrease is partly because between May 2018 and May 2019 British organisations had over-reported violations.

The increase in data breaches in most cases has resulted in the loss of confidentiality on unauthorized third-party data and access, either through malicious hacking acts through phishing campaigns or for sending documents via email to incorrect recipients, or for theft or loss of mobile devices and laptops that are not properly protected.

The analysis covered data from seven European countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. In France, notifications almost doubled to 2,287, while in Spain there were 1,609 notifications, an increase of more than 50%. As Linklaters notes, the increase in notifications in France and Spain is due to the fact that companies are now more aware of their obligations under the Gdpr.

The number of fines published in the last year under the GDPR has also been uneven across the continent. The UK Data Protection Authority (ICO) reported only one penalty, while 112 were imposed by the Spanish guarantor. In addition, according to the study’s report, the British guarantor also has fines of 314 million euros in the pipeline.

Research published by DLA Piper in January 2020 found that fines for Gdpr breaches as a result of data breaches then amounted to 114 million euros, with France, Germany and Austria imposing the highest fines.


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