Spain lives up to its reputation as a tough enforcer

Rafael García del Poyo, Roger Segarra and Samuel Martínez of Osborne Clarke Spain analyse the DPA’s enforcement activity before and after the GDPR.

As with other EU jurisdictions, the transition in Spain from the local pre-General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legal regime to the one brought in by the GDPR has caused a significant increase in the number of claims by data subjects to the Spain’s Data Protection Agency (AEPD). The AEPD considers that this sudden increase in claims is due to public awareness campaigns that took place in early 2018 on the imminent application of the GDPR, as well as the media’s attention on some major cases concerning the processing of personal data, which also raised public awareness about the protection of personal data.

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