What options are available to data subjects if their data has been misused? How do supervisory authorities determine the amount of fine in the event of a breach? were among the topics discussed by attorney Jan Spittka on February 2nd as part of the public lecture series "Data Protection in Practice". More than 150 participants followed the insightful presentation entitled "The Enforcement of the GDPR in Practice" online.

Jan Spittka, counsel at the international law firm DLA Piper, has been dealing with data protection for 16 years - long before the topic had reached the public. Spittka has been following the developments from the very beginning, as he illustrated by the topic of fines: While these were still in a moderate four-digit range in 2018, between 2,000 and 5,000 euros, it is now no longer uncommon for supervisory authorities to impose fines in the double-digit millions. Large corporations such as H&M, Google and Amazon top the list. Some settlements were reached outside of court, while others were not. Mr. Spittka also gave insight on how a data protection supervisory authority determines the amount of a fine.

He further outlined what options are available to affected individuals if their data has been misused. He explained what damage, such as material or physical damage, can occur and how an injured party can claim compensation.


  The slides of the lecture of Mr. Spittka can be found here. 

Website DLA Piper


Further information about the lecture series can be found here. 


We invite you to participate! 

The lecture series will be held online via the Zoom. You will need to install Zoom in order to participate online.
Link:Zoom-Meeting. Meeting ID: 817 2915 2962.
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