The second-largest fine in Europe to date imposed on H&M for violation of the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 1 October 2020, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (the “Commissioner”) has issued a fine of almost EUR 35.3 million against the Swedish fashion giant H&M Hennes & Mauritz Online Shop A.B. & Co KG (“H&M”) due to violation of the personal data of its employees in the Service Center in Nuremberg.

Regarding the imposed fine, the Commissioner stated in an official statement, inter alia, that since at least 2014, management of the H&M extensively collected details about private lives of several hundred employees of the Service Center in Nuremberg, from rather harmless details to family issues and religious beliefs. Some of this information was recorded and stored on a network drive that was available to the management of the H&M (up to 50 individuals) and used, inter alia, to obtain a detailed profile of employees for measures and decisions regarding their employment status. The combination of collecting details about their private lives and the recording of their activities led to a particularly intensive encroachment on employees’ civil rights.

This fine is the second largest fine ever imposed in Europe due to violation of the provisions of the GDPR.

Mario Kijanović to participate in a Data Investment online panel discussion

Data Investment is organizing another free web panel discussion called “Serbia - Real Estate, Valuation and Risks”, discussing several topics: real estate market – before and after the Covid-19 pandemics, legal consequences, risks and bank challenges and impact on valuation. 

Senior Associate Mario Kijanović is the panelist to provide legal insights on this topic, along with the valuation and banking experts from ERSTE Bank, UniCredit Bank, Sberbank, and CBRE. 

The discussion will take place on 07 May 2020 and will be featured on Data Investment’s Youtube channel.

The Latest Newsletter: The implementation of the new Anti-Corruption law has begun

The new Anti-Corruption Law was adopted on 22 May 2019 and it regulates the legal status, competence and work organization of the Anti-Corruption Agency, introduces numerous novelties related to the conflicts of interest, cumulation of public functions, official’s property and income registration, authorities and election of the governing bodies of the Agency.

Together with the previously adopted Law on Organization and Jurisdiction of Government Authorities in the Suppression of Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Corruption, the Law on Lobbying and the Law on the Examination of the Origin of Property, Serbia has significantly improved the normative framework for an even more effective fight against corruption.

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