After more than two years, GDPR enforcement trends are beginning to emerge. We are seeing the types of enforcement actions that data protection authorities (DPAs) across the European Union (EU) are willing to undertake, as well as the profiles of the targets. In 2020 alone, DPAs issued 318 fines. That is 318 out of 471 GDPR files overall so far. In this alert, we summarize the lessons learned from GDPR enforcement in 2020, which has had the bulk of enforcement action. And we discuss what these actions could mean for companies in 2021.

Who Should be Worried? Everyone

After a relatively low number of enforcement actions in 2019, we saw a drastic increase of enforcement actions by DPAs across the EU in 2020. These actions were, at times, substantial in amount and targeted both small and large organizations, especially those in the technology industry.

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