Some facts about the last 12 months
Data breach reporting has dramatically increased. According to DLA Piper, there have been more than 59,000 personal data breaches notified to regulators up to January this year. The Netherlands, Germany and the UK had the most data breaches notified, with around 15,400, 12,600 and 10,600 respectively.
Complaints have also increased. An assessment from the European Data Protection Board showed the total number of cases reported by supervisory authorities from 31 countries in the first nine months, consisted of 94,622 complaints.
To date, 91 reported fines have been imposed under GDPR, totalling €55.96m, but the bulk of this was due to the €50m fine to Google, from the French data protection authority.
There has been a global ripple effect with new data protection laws being brought in to regions such as Canada, Brazil, California and Bahrain. Serbia, Jersey, Peru and several other countries have also amended their existing data privacy laws to align with GDPR.