Social media outlets are the targets of the first complaints filed under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, coming in hours after the regulation took effect on May 25.
The European consumer activist group NOYB, led by Max Schrems, who successfully brought suit that disqualified the US Safe Harbor, filed the complaints with data protection agencies in Austria, Belgium, France, and Germany by four unnamed private citizens (through NOYB).
The complaints request that the relevant data protection agencies investigate the specific allegations and prohibit all processing operations that are based on the allegedly invalid consents. They also request the agencies to impose “effective, proportionate, and dissuasive fines" against each company. The maximum fine under the GDPR is 4% of a company’s gross revenue.
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