Wasn’t there a privacy law before GDPR? Yes there was, and there is a long history of data protection acts starting with convention 108 1981.
People act as if GDPR is new and they never heard of a privacy law before. I think this is because before you had to specify your damages in civil court against the company that infringed your privacy, much later there were small fines and in 2016 AP got the right to fine a maximum amount of € 820.000. The new EU law has a different trick up its sleeve called article 83, this really got our attention.
Article 83.5 of GDPR: “5. Infringements of the following provisions shall, in accordance with paragraph 2, be subject to administrative fines up to 20,000,000 EUR, or in the case of an undertaking, up to 4 % of the total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is higher: “
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