Fine against Hotel from Romania
A hotel in Romania’s capital Bucharest was fined € 15,000, because personal data was processed improperly.
To ensure that only eligible people consume breakfast, the hotel maintains a list of overnight guests. At the entrance of the dining room an employee is standing and marks those persons who have already entered.
Such a list was photographed by company-external persons and published on the Internet. The personal data of 46 guests was written on this list. It is not known what records the list contained, due to the purpose of use it is assumed that the guest’s first and last name, room number and day of arrival and departure are noted. Maybe the date of birth was also mentioned.
In the course of the investigation, the authority said that the hotel had taken insufficient technical and organizational measures. The management would not have ensured that employees process personal data only in accordance with legal requirements. Therefore, this heavy fine was imposed.
Only a few days after the first fine in Romania was imposed, the authority publishes another penalty. Especially the amount of the fine surprised. The hotel has reported the data breach in due time. Furthermore, the number of people affected was low and it is expected that no sensitive data (e.g., residential address) was published.
It turns out that the GDPR is handled differently by EU members. For example, in a case of systematic employee monitoring, the French authorities imposed a fine of “only” € 20,000, even though the company was known as a repeat offender.
In the first year after the introduction of the GDPR only few penalties were imposed, in the last weeks and months clearly more penalties became public. On the one hand, the authorities initially allowed leniency, on the other hand, long processing times meant that the investigation took a long time. Entrepreneurs should take data protection seriously. For efficient data protection in your company easyGDPR is the means to an end. At the beginning, you will receive an up-to-date privacy status for your company. Then you can systematically define all the data processings in your company simply by clicking your mouse. easyGDPR automatically creates the mandatory record of processing. The software not only includes classic data protection but also cybersecurity. This is the best way to protect yourself from cybercriminals and protect your business secrets.
Type of Issue:
Illegal data processing
Number of involved data records:
Special category of data involved:
Violation of GDPR Paragraph:
32. Security of processing