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

****** ** ********** ** ********* ** ****** *** * ********' surveillance ******* ******* ****** *****?

**** ** **** ******** **** *******’* ***** **** ****, ******* on * ******* **** *** ******* ****** ***** **** *** security *******.

austria gdpr fine

*** **** ****** ** * ***** ** ****** $*,*** ** fines, **** ** ***** **** *** ***-**** **********. ** *** been ********, ** ** *** *****. *** **** ** ************ an ********* ******* ** *** ********** **** ***** ** *** users ** *** **** ***, ************ ***** ** *** *** GDPR-related **** **** *** ** *** *** *******.

** **** ****, ** *******:

  • *** **** *** ******
  • ******* **********
  • **** ** ***-**** **********
  • *** *** ***** **** **********
  • *** *** **** **** *** *** *******
  • *** ********* ** ***** ************ ***** ** *******
  • ****** & ******* ** *******
  • ******* *******

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* **** *** ****** ***** *** *********** ** *** ******** data ********** ******,*** ***, ***** *** **, ****, *** **** *** **** *** enacted. **** ** ******* ***** ** *** ****, ******* ***** surveillance ***** **** ******* ** ***** ***********, *** *** ***, the ****** **** ****.

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

*** *** ****** **** *** ******* **** ********* **** ******** privacy **********:

  1. *** ******** ******* ******* ** *** ****’* ******** ********* * public ******* *** *** ******* *****, ********* ****** ******* ** and ********’ ******* ******.
  2. *** ******* **** *** ********** **** ***********.
  3. ***** ************ ******* *** **** *** ** ********** **** ****** with ** ************* ********. (******** ******* *** ******** ***** ************* for *** ***** ************ ******* ******* ****** **** ** *****.)
  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 ***** ***** *** ****’* ********* ** *** **.

**** ** ********* *** *****, ***********, *** *** ****** ********** video ************ **** ****** ****** **** ** ****.

Comments (28)

**** *****.

* **** *** "******* Public *****"???

"*** ******* **** *** registered **** ***********"

*** ****!

***** ** *** **, however ** ******* **** have *** * **** time ********* ***** ************ much **** *********** (*** this ******** *** ****.) For ******* ** ****** the ******************** ************** **** ********** ******** cameras **** **** ****** areas, "**** ** **** want ** ****** *** security ** ***** ******* parked ** ***** ** their ****.”

"***** *****" ** *** ****....

************** *********, *** ***** *** ****** ** ***** ******* “*******” tracking ******** ** ****** ***** ******. *** ** ***** *** of ****...

*** ****** ****** *** GDPR ** ***-**** ***** is **** “*** ******** of *** ******* ******* occurred ****** ** *** 2018” *.*. *** **** the **** *** *******. Therefore ********** *, *, and * **** ******* under ******** ******* *********** while *** ***** *** charged ***** *** ****.

**** ******* **** *** the *************************** ** **** **** just *** **** **** of $*,*** ***** **** been ******; *** **********, had *********************** ** ****, **** just *** * $*** fines ***** **** **** imposed.

** **** ** **, why ** *** *** that

** *** *** ****-******* fine **** *** ** far *** *******.

**** ** **** ****** to **** ** $****, just **** *** ***-**** spread **** ***** *****, but **** *** *** same *******?

****, *** ** *******. What *'* ****** ** that *** *** *** alleged ********** ***** ***** after *** **, *** 4 ********** ***** **** been *********** ** **** violations, ****** **** **** 1. ***** *** **** gives *********** ************* **** leeway ** ******** *****, each ** *** ********** could **** **** *****, for *******, *,*** ***** - ** ****'* *,*** x * = *,*** euros ***** ** *****, or ****** $**,***.

**** *** ***-**** ********** were *** "****** **** three *****"; **** *** was * ********** ********* of ******* ***********.

* **** **** ** check ** ************** **** fines *** **** ********** are ********* ****** **** the ****** **** ** the ******** **** ********** agency ******** *******. ** confirmed **** ** **, stating ** **** (******** added):

"********* ********, *** **** allows ****** *** *** 83 (*) *** (*)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."

**** *'* ****** ** that *** *** *** alleged ********** ***** ***** after *** **, *** 4 ********** ***** **** been *********** ** **** violations, ****** **** **** 1.

** *** *** ****** that******** **, *** **** illegal ******* *** *** filming ** ******* *****?

*** **** *********, ***************** **, **** *** registered *** *******, *** signs **, ******** *** retention ****** ***?

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

** *** ***** ****, if *** ** *** 4 ******** ******** ** both ************* * *** ******* under **** ********, ** would **** * *** arbitrary ** ****** **** capriciously *** **************, **** because **** **** ********* over * ****** ** shorter **** ******.

**** **** **** ***** :)

* *** *** ** check ******, *** *** link *** **** ******** the ******* “*** ***** wurde ***** ********”...

** *** *** ****** that******** **, *** **** illegal ******* *** *** filming ** ******* *****?

*** **** *********, ***************** **, **** *** registered *** *******, *** signs **, ******** *** retention ****** ***?

*** **** ***** **** "most ** *** ******* misconduct ******** ****** *** 25." ** ********** *, 3, *** * **** found ** *********** ****** the ****, *** ********* 1 *** **** ********* afterwards. ******* ********** *-* were ******* ***** ************ prior ** ****, *** shop ***'* ** ********** for *** **** ******* post-GDPR. ***** ** ** mention ** *** **** registering *******, ******* ** signs, ***.

* *** *** ** check ******, *** *** link *** **** ******** the ******* “*** ***** wurde ***** ********”...

** ***, * ***** the **** ** *** article. *** *** ********* ****.

* **** * *** ****** **** ****** *** **** **** drive ** ** *******, ** ****** ***'* **** ** **** drive ******* ***. *** **** ***** *** ***** **** **** teenagers ******* ** *** ** *** ****.

*** ** *** ****** the ****** ******* *****? Also, *** *** ****** the **** *** *** retrieved ** **** ******** firmware ************* ** ***** in ******** ** *** switch?

* ***** *** ********** a ****** ******* ** person ******** *** ******* where * *****.

***** ** ******** ** the ******?

** *** ******... :)

**** *** ***** ** the ****** ** ****** :)

* ****** ***'* ********** the ******** ********* ** GDPR. **** ***-** ******* seem ** **** ** nothing **** **** * hassle.

** ** * *** two ***** *********

- **** ************* ** data
- **** ***** *** trunkslammers

********** *** ****** ****** should ** *********. **** makes * ****** ***** for *** ******** *** better *** * ****** level ** ********* *** installation.
********** **** ****** **** a ****** ******* *** higher ******.

******* ****, ****** ******* design, *** **** **** the *********** ******, (**** up *** *** **).

* **** * ****** that's ***** ** ** driveway ** ***, * see *** **** ** cars ******* **, *** no ****** **** **** turn **** ** ********. It *****'* *** *** of ***** *****, *********, or ***** *****. **'* a "***** ************" ** if * ******* *** angle ** **** ****** driving ** **** ******'* mind.

* ****** **** *** of ** ********* *** a *** ******* **' off *** ****** ** the **** ** ***** house, ****** **** ** don't ** * **** comes **** ****. ******* just ******* ** ** neighborhood *** * ***** wifi ****** *** **** in ******* **** **** decided ** **** ******** of * ***** **** student ******* ******* ***** backyard **** ***** ******** them. *** *** *******'* of **** *****, *** posting ** ** *** towns ******* ******** ***** (over ** ******* ** see) *** ****** ** get **** ** ******* for ****.

* **** * *** camera **** ****** *** cars **** ***** ** my *******, ** ****** don't **** ** **** drive ******* ***.

* ****** **** **** message ** *** ********* all ***, ***** *** no ********* ** **** driveway ******** ***** ********.

** **'* **** ******** you *** ****** *** rights, **** **** *** the *** *******. ** argument *****.

**'* *** ****** ** not ****** * ****** of ***** ******, ** public ***** ** ******* looking ** ** **** private ********. **** *** enter ******** ******* ******** you ***'* **** *** say ** ***** ****** choices. *********** **** *** need ** ** ***** though... * ***'* ***** agree **** **** ****

** ******* **** ** odd ******, * ******* road **** **** ******* to ** ** *** property **** ******* *** of *** *********, ** someone **** *** **** to ***** **** *** vs *** ***** * entrances ** *** ***** they **** ** ** that's ***** ******.

** *** ** *****, my *** ****** ****** on * ****** ****, I *** *** **** of ***** ***, *** only *** ***** ** the **** **** **** down ** ********, **** if **'* **** ** turn ******. ****** * PTZ *** * ****** story **** *** **** into ****** * ******* isn't *** **** ** a ***** ****** **** sees * ******** ****.

*** ** *** ****** who **** ** *****/******** of ****** ** ***** backyard ** ********, ** my ******** ** * felt *** **** ** shame ****** ****** ** would ** ******* **** issues ** *** ***. I'm *** **** ** the **, *** ** the ******, **** ** intended ** ** **** private, *** ********* ****** to ********.

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

******, ***** *** ********* ******* **** ********** ***** **.

**** *** ******** ****** registration, ** **** ****** like * *** *** the **** ** **** knowledge *** ****** ** all ******* **** * view ** *** ****** without ****** ** ***/******* themselves. ** ***** ** crooked ******** ***** ** in *** ******* **** the **** ** ******* to ****.

****, * ***** ***** a **** ** *********** if *** ******* *** in ***** ****. **** me *********** ** *** want

**** **** ** ************** on * ********* *****, however, *****'* ** ********* anywhere ** *** **** or ******** ** ******* laws **** ***** ******** video ************ *** *** required ** **** ** the ******* *** ** plain ****. (*** *** see ***: * *********** may ***** ***** ******* are ****** ******* **** many ******** ***'* **** bother ** **** ** and ****** ****).

*** * **** ** eye ***** *** **** won't **** *** **.

**** ** *****, "***'** on ******".

* *** ********** *** feel **** ***, *** what ******* **** **** not ** ******** ********* installs ******* ** *** house, ******* ** *** road *** **** ******* at **** ****** *** private ****?

**** ** * ******, but * **** ***** for *** *** ****

...*** **** ******* **** your *** ** ******** neighbour ******** ******* ** his *****, ******* ** the **** *** **** looking ** **** ****** and ******* ****?

****?

* ******* ****** *********** ** **** ***** ***** **** *****, and * ******** *** ********* ********* ** ***** ***** *** laws ** *** *****. *** ************ ** ********** ************ ** everyday **** ** ********* ** * ********** **** *******.

*'* ****** **** **** we ***'* **** **** laws ** *********, ***** private ******* ** ***** that ****** ** **** the ******** ** ***** of *** ***** **** been ******* *********** *** the ************ ** * rapist/murderers, *** ******* * number ** ***** ******. The ****** ********* **** on ******* **** *****.

** ** **** **** other ****** **** ****** encryption ******.

***, **** *****. * similar ******** ****** ** the ** **** ******* to ***** ******* ******* to **** ***** ****** cases. ******, ** *** US, * ****** ** local ****** *********** ***** databases ** ******* ******* to **** ***** ******. It ** ** ** interesting ******** ******* *******, security, *** **** (*.*., those ******* ******* *** much **** ********* **** building *** ********** ****** systems).

*********** *******, ****** **** them ****** ** *** learn ***** **** ********** and *****. **** *** knowledge ** **** **** privacy **** *** ***** in *** ****** ****** and ***** *********.

*********:

****** ********* * ******* privacy ***

****** ******* *** *** on *******

******* ********* ******* ** the ********** ******* **** and *********. ** **** really ***** **** *** people ***** *** ****** are ***** ** ****** with ***** *** ***********. I'm *** *** **** practices, ******** ******* *** controlling ** ******** ****, but ****** **** ** be ********* ***** **** makes ***** *** ***** are **** *** *** ones **** ****** ****.

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