Data Protection Fines

Data protection penalties – you have to expect them

Companies today have to comply with the uniform standards for the processing of personal data and thus ensure the General Data Protection Regulation. This applies to large corporations, small companies and start-ups that operate in Europe. The regulations of the GDPR, the BDSG and the numerous subsidiary laws are complicated. Constantly new regulations and updates do not make it easier and missing information quickly leads to a breach of data protection. Many companies have already experienced firsthand that a GDPR violation can result in severe penalties, and the data protection authorities are imposing ever higher data protection penalties. In addition, it is not uncommon for the names of the companies to be disclosed in the event of data protection violations in the event of public interest. This causes immense damage to the company’s image and, in the event of severe damage, further losses. Furthermore, those affected by the GDPR violation such as customers or partners may assert liability claims.

So when the limits of manual solutions drive data protection officers and data protection experts to limit their concentratation and ignore all the necessary aspects, more errors occur. Then it is time to deal with alternative solutions from experts like Priverion.
We are simplifying data protection with an innovative platform using a cloud-based SaaS solution to ensure that the likelihood of a GDPR violation is reduced to a minimum. For example, repetitive tasks are carried out automatically and you or your data protection officer have the capacity to implement preventive data protection and thus guarantee the company’s legal security in the long term. This is how you efficiently prevent data protection penalties and criminal proceedings.


Data protection officers have a great responsibility. Even a small carelessness or a lack of knowledge in data protection can lead to a GDPR violation and have serious consequences. If “personal data” – all information that concerns a natural and clearly identifiable person – is illegally collected, stored or passed on to third parties without any consent, data protection penalties are imminent. Examples of how quickly a GDPR violation can occur is an incorrectly programmed mailing list or the inadequate deletion of customer data. In addition to the inadmissibility of the collection, there can also be a violation of data protection with regard to employees in the event of a violation of the reporting obligation. A breach of the obligation to provide information or notice can also lead to data protection penalties.
In the whole legal jungle of data protection laws, the view for the essential is so quickly lost and there is hardly time to ensure permanent legal protection.
However, if the supervisory authorities determine that there is a breach of data protection, this is punished with sometimes high data protection fines. These have risen continuously in recent years.
Do you have any questions about data protection violations? Then feel free to contact us.


The fines and penal provisions of data protection were adapted in the course of the GDPR and make direct reference to them. The violations of the Federal Data Protection Act are regulated in § 42 BDSG with the penal provisions and § 43 BDSG with the fine regulations. They are considered a supplement to the GDPR. Here data protection violations are punished with a fine of up to € 50,000. Likewise, a custodial sentence of up to three years can be imposed for knowingly, commercially and unauthorized disclosure of data.
Article 83 GDPR regulates when data protection violations are sanctioned in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. In the event of a GDPR violation, companies must expect fines of up to € 20 million or 4% of global company sales.
This makes it clear how important it is that data protection leads to legal security in the long term, because in view of the high data protection penalties, the economic existence is quickly endangered. Use your advantages with Priverion as one of the most reliable partners when it comes to data protection at your side.


Data protection laws have already become established worldwide, but there are still many challenges to be mastered. This can be seen, among other things, in the different requirements for consent or different legal bases. At the same time, there are options for standardization such as ROPA (Record of Processing Activities) or TOM (Technical and Organizational Measures), which nevertheless does not mean that every company does not bring its own individual requirements. For this and for many other needs-based requirements, we offer the right SaaS solution with our core module and efficiency module. We ensure that you gain an immediate overview of your data protection and can thus act proactively against any data protection violations.
The core module provides you with everything you need for basic compliance with all legal regulations and thus ensure regular documentation. Present all activities clearly and maintain the different components. Manage tasks and ensure an up-to-date overview of your systems.

The services of the core module:

  • Register of Processing Activities (ROPA)
  • Data Processor Management
  • TOM Management
  • Data Breach Management
  • Risk Management (by Data Flow)
  • Reporting & Data Flow Visualization
  • Data Subject Request Management
  • Reviews & Audits
  • Multi-law feature (by legal entity)

The efficiency module is a useful extension of the basic services if you want to escape data protection fines in the long term. For example, you can automate recurring tasks and use all standard data processors and ROPAs in just a few steps. With the current library elements you always stay up to date with changes and avoid breaches of data protection due to ignorance. This also saves a lot of time and effort.

The services of our performance module:

  • Data Processor Library
  • ROPA Library
  • Policy Library
  • TOM Library
  • Retention & Deletion Library
  • Policy Tree
  • Employee Training
  • Merger, Acquisition & Carveout Functions
  • Azure Active Directory B2C
  • Privacy Portal


No company that processes personal data can avoid the GDPR. In addition to data protection penalties, claims from those affected and damage to reputation can also be expected. And always keep in mind that the fines will increase, similar to the rate of data protection in criminal proceedings. We at Priverion support you with a simple solution to ensure data protection and to gain even more time.
Contact us now and let us advise you without obligation. Avoid data protection violations with us and avoid the horrific data protection penalties.