Austria’s First GDPR Fine Is For Video Surveillance

Author: Charles Rollet, Published on Jan 29, 2019

Should EU businesses be concerned if police see a business' surveillance cameras filming public areas?

This is what happened with Austria’s first GDPR fine, imposed on a betting shop for filming public areas with its security cameras.

austria gdpr fine

The case racked up a total of almost $6,000 in fines, some of which were for non-GDPR violations. It has been appealed, so is not final. The case is nevertheless an important example of the heightened risk faced by end users in the GDPR era, particularly since it was the GDPR-related fine that was by far the highest.

In this note, we examine:

  • How They Got Caught
  • Alleged Violations
  • GDPR vs non-GDPR Violations
  • How The Fines Were Calculated
  • Why the GDPR Fine was the Highest
  • The frequency of Video Surveillance Fines in Austria
  • Timing & Gravity of Offense
  • Broader Meaning

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List ** **********

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  1. *** ******** ******* ******* ** *** ****’* ******** ********* * public ******* *** *** ******* *****, ********* ****** ******* ** and ********’ ******* ******.
  2. *** ******* **** *** ********** **** ***********.
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  4. ***** *** ** ****** **** ********** **** ***** ************ *** being ****.

*** ******* **** *** ******* ** *** *** **** *** name **********, ******** *** ******* *** ******* ** *** **** of * *****.

GDPR ** ***-**** **********

*** ***** ********* – ******* ****** ***** – *** *** only ****** ****** ** ********* *** ****, **** *** *** highlighting *** ******** ******** ** *** ***:

  • ******* *, ***** ****** **** *** ********** ** ******** **** ** ******* ** **** ** ********* ** ******** ** *** ******** for ***** **** *** *********”. *** *** ***** **** *** betting ****’* ********** *********** *** *** *******’ ******** ******* ** *********** *** entrance.
  • ******* *, ***** **** *** *** ********** *** ****** **********, **** as “*******” *** “********** ********”. *** *** ***** **** *** betting ****’* ******* ********* **** ** ***** **********.

*** ***** ***** ******* **** *** ********** *********’* ******** ******* ***, ***** *** ****** ** ****.

*** ****** ****** *** **** ** ***-**** ***** ** **** “the ******** ** *** ******* ******* ******** ****** ** *** 2018” *.*. *** **** *** **** *** *******. ********* ********** 2, *, *** * **** ******* ***** ******** ******* *********** while *** ***** *** ******* ***** *** ****.

How *** ***** **** **********

*** *** **** *********, *** **** *** ***** *,*** ***** ($2,717). *** ***** *****, ***-**** ********** ******** ***** ** *** euros **** ($***), ** **** *** ** ******** ******** ******* law.*** ***** ** ***** *** **** *,*** ***** ($*,***). * 10% ***** *** *** *****, ******** *** ***** ** *,*** euros ** $*,***.

(**********: “**** ** *****”, “******* ** **** ***** *** *** collected”, “************ ******”, “[*****] *********”)

GDPR ****** ****** *****

*** **** **** *** **** ********* *** ***** *** *,*** euros ***** *** ***-**** ***** **** **** *** ***** ** not * ***********.

*** ***'* ****** **** ******* ******* ********* ** **** (******** added):

********* ********, *** **** ****** ****** ****** **(*) *** (*)significantly ****** **** concerning the determination of the total amount of an imposed fine in relation to prior legal provisions in force before the GDPR.

************, *********** ************* ************************* ***** **** ** ************ ** *** **** ** *** offender; * ***** ******* **** ***** *** ** ******* **** the ******* **** ****, ***** *** ***** ** ******* ***** or *% ** ****** ****** *******.

*** **** ** ** *************. *** *******, * ****** **** a ******** *** *** ** ****** ****** ** **,*** ***** [$45,300] **** * **-*******-**** **** [$** *******].

Frequency ** ***** ************ ***** ** *******

**** ** *** *** ***** **** ******* ***** ************ ** fined ** *******. ******** ** *** *** ******* **********, ******* told **** **** ***** *** * "****** **********", ****** *** after *** ****:

*** ******** ** *** ****** ***** ******* *** ******** ******* use ** ****.

Timing/Gravity ** *******

*** ****** ************* ** *** ******* **** ***** ** ***** 2018 *** *** ***** **** ********* ** ********* ****. *** shop *** ******** *** **** *** *** *** ** *******’* federal *****, ***** *** *** ** **** ** **, *** DSB ********* ** ****.

*** *** **** ********* **** **** ** *******’* ***** **** fine. *** ******-**** ***** ** **** ***** ***** **** *** fact **** **** ********** *** ***** ******* * ******* ** cases ***** ***** **** ****** *** ****’* *********.

*** *** ****** *** ****’* ******* ** ** “*********” ****** “mitigating” ** “***********”. **** ** ******* *** ******* **** ****’* have *** ******** ****** ** **********, ******* *** ******* *** months-long ***** ************.

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**** **** ******** * ************ ************ ******* ** *** ***** can ** ****** ****** ** *** ****.* $*,*** **** *** * ****** ***** **** *** ** quite * *********** ******, *** ** ** ****** **** *** total **** ***** **** **** ****** *** *** *** ********** taken ***** ***** *** ****’* ********* ** *** **.

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Comments (28)

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"********* ********, *** **** ****** ****** *** *** ** (*) and (*)significantly ****** **** concerning the determination of the total amount of an imposed fine in relation to prior legal provisions in force before the GDPR. In addition, in this particular case, the Austrian DPA had to take transitional provisions into account, which ******* *** ***** ***** ***** ** *** ******** ***** ********* prior to the GDPR in which the infringing action started before the 25th of Mai 2018."

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...*** **** ******* **** **** *** ** ******** ********* ******** cameras ** *** *****, ******* ** *** **** *** **** looking ** **** ****** *** ******* ****?

****?

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** ** **** **** ***** ****** **** ****** ********** ******.

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*********** *******, ****** **** **** ****** ** *** ***** ***** GDPR ********** *** *****. **** *** ********* ** **** **** privacy **** *** ***** ** *** ****** ****** *** ***** countries.

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