Real estate company fined € 14.5 million in Germany for violating GDPR principle of privacy by design
Lars Lensdorf and Ulrike Elteste of Covington & Burling write:
On October 30, 2019, the supervisory authority (“SA”) of Berlin issued a € 14.5 million fine against the real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE for storing personal data of tenants without a legal basis (Art. 6 GDPR) and for not implementing the GDPR principle of privacy by design (Art. 5 and 25(1) GDPR) (press release here in German). It is the highest GDPR fine imposed so far in Germany.
Deutsche Wohnen SE owns 100,000 rental apartments in Berlin.
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