The CNPD issued the highest fine for GDPR infringements in the EU.  Fonds Belval

The CNPD issued the highest fine for GDPR infringements in the EU.  Fonds Belval

The grand duchy’s national commission for data protection (CNPD) tops the chart of the highest fine handed out for GPDR violations. The €746m fine had been slapped on online retailer Amazon whose European headquarters are based in Luxembourg.

on basis of the fine’s “imprecise character”, the national data protection watchdog’s fine was the highest in the EU, contributing greatly to the total €1.1bn fined by similar authorities in Europe over the past year.

Following Luxembourg is Ireland, with a sum of €225m and France with €50m, reports international law firm DLA Piper. Despite this, the amount of notified personal data breaches isn’t the highest in these countries. Germany, with 106,731 notifications, counted the most incidents over the 2018-2022 period so far.

In all of Europe, an average 356 notifications are counted each day, which is an 8% increase since last year. In 2020, the CNPD reported 379 notifications of GDPR violations.

Last year, Amazon’s appeal was based on the idea that without more precise guidelines from the CNPD, the company was not certain if it had taken a step in the right direction. Though it had partly convinced the administrative court, some parts of the case still await penalty.