EU Commission: GDPR shows results; defends lack of large fines

After reviewing the first year of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission released a report looking at its impact and how implementation can be improved. Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality VÄ›ra Jourová issued the following remarks: “We see that harmonisation of data protection rules across the EU is progressing, but we, the Commission, have to be vigilant so the Member States won’t be tempted to take advantage of some specificities they could include in their national laws.â€� The Financial Times reports the commission “was unconcerned by the absence of big sanctions for tech companies breaching privacy rulesâ€� and encourages regulators to find other ways to impose sanctions. “The success of the regulation should not be measured by the number of fines imposed, but by changes in the culture and behaviour of all actors involved,â€� the commission said.
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