At the end of October 2019, the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information imposed a fine of about EUR 14.5 million against a German residential real estate company for various violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The fine is not yet legally binding but, reportedly, has been appealed. However, irrespective of the outcome of the appeal, the sanctioning measures taken by the Berlin Data Protection Commissioner show that GDPR compliance must be taken seriously by all companies in the real estate industry. This GT Alert covers the following:

  • Relevance for and Impact on the Real Estate Industry
  • Relevance of fine extends beyond residential real estate companies
  • The decision of the Berlin Data Protection Commissioner
  • Paradigm shift in the calculation of fines

Click here to read the full GT Alert.

Photo of Dr. Viola Bensinger Dr. Viola Bensinger

Viola Bensinger co-chairs the firm’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and she chairs the Technology Practice as well as the Litigation Practice in Germany. She advises clients from the technology, media, health care and other industries.

Within the technology sector, Viola advises international…

Viola Bensinger co-chairs the firm’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and she chairs the Technology Practice as well as the Litigation Practice in Germany. She advises clients from the technology, media, health care and other industries.

Within the technology sector, Viola advises international internet, technology and healthcare companies in the areas of digital products, IT outsourcing, e-commerce, electronic payment, data protection, software licensing as well as digital media.

Photo of Carsten A. Kociok Carsten A. Kociok

Carsten Kociok focuses his practice on the technology industry. He has broad experience in the areas of Internet, information technology, electronic and mobile payments and new media, as well as regulatory and data protection law issues.