The Hungarian data protection authority (NAIH) in 2019 fined companies and organisations a total of 87 million forints (EUR 262,000) for infringing the European Union’s data protection regulation (GDPR), NAIH head Attila Péterfalvi told a conference on Wednesday.
Péterfalvi noted that the fines are yet to be harmonised at EU level. In Hungary, organisers of the Sziget music festival were fined 30 million forints, the largest amount, he added. Budapest public transport company BKK was fined 10 million and the opposition Democratic Coalition party 11 million forints, he said.
In view of the increased workload due to GDPR, the government has hiked NAIH’s budget to 1.5 billion forints (EUR 4,540,482) in 2020 from 560 million in 2016, he said.
Péterfalvi also called for wide-ranging cooperation among bodies working with GDPR, such as the NAIH and Competition Office.
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