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Privacy violations surge despite Europe’s tougher regs

Neil Hodge | February 8, 2019

Europe has seen a dramatic surge in potential privacy violations being reported since new rules came in that force organisations to provide better data protection.

In the eight months since Europe’s toughened data privacy regime came into effect last May there have been over 59,000 data breach notifications reported across the European Economic Area (EEA).

These range from “minor” incidents, such as sending e-mails to the wrong recipient, to “major” hacks involving millions of users’ details.

According to law firm DLA Piper’s GDPR Data Breach survey, most of the reported breaches under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) were made in The Netherlands (15,400), Germany (12,600), and the United Kingdom (10,600). The countries with the lowest numbers of reported breaches were Cyprus (35), Iceland (25), and Liechtenstein (15).

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