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Denmark Recommends First Fine Under New EU Privacy Law

March 27, 2019, 1:59 PM

Denmark’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has recommended fining a taxi company 1.2 million kroner ($180,000) for not deleting customers’ telephone numbers, the first Danish penalty imposed under Europe’s strict 2018 privacy rules.

The fine demonstrates that it’s not enough for companies doing business in Denmark to delete people’s names and addresses to satisfy the requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. They must delete all information, including telephone numbers, to avoid potentially high fines.

“Companies should avoid using phone numbers as customer account numbers since this will make it harder to comply with the GDPR,” Jesper Lund, chairman...

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