The fine against 1 & 1 Telecom is one of the largest to date under the GDPR, put into effect in May 2018. In July 2019, British Airways was hit with the largest penalty thus far, a £183.39 million (U.S. $230 million) fine stemming from the compromised data of nearly 500,000 customers. That same month, Marriott International’s faced a £99.2 million (roughly U.S. $124 million) fine for a data breach that exposed the data of 339 million guest records globally.
The 1 & 1 Telecom fine is the second largest brought by a German data regulator, behind a €14.5 million (U.S. $16.1 million) penalty assessed upon property company Deutsche Wohnen SE in October by the Data Protection Authority of Berlin regarding privacy violations in the archiving of tenant data.
In the 1 & 1 Telecom case, according to the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI), 1
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