GDPR fines: How high are they, and how can you avoid them?

A look at the various reasons why a company may find itself facing regulatory action

When the EU's General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May 2018, perhaps it's most contentious and fear-inducing component was its significantly harsher approach to sanctions.

The regulation grants data authorities far greater powers to bring companies to account. In the UK, the Information Commissioner's Office can now issue fines of up to 4% of a company's annual turnover, or 20 million (whichever is greater) for the worst data offences.

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