Websites are facing the risk of being taken offline, be GDPR compliant
In a recent ruling, a court ordered a law firm to take their website offline because the site did not have a proper GDPR privacy statement. If the firm didn’t take the site offline, they would have to pay 250,000€.
Patrick Dewald, CEO of GDPR specialist GDPRWise explains: “The court emphasises that compliance with the GDPR is an obligation that every company must invest in. According to the court, a company that does not given GDPR the attention it deserves is practicing unfair competition and that cannot be allowed. That is why the court ruled that the company website must be offline until it is compliant with the GDPR.”
Patrick Dewald : “We see that the majority of companies are taking big risks with GDPR. In addition to fines and problems with customers and consumer organisations, there is now also the threat that your site will be taken off the internet.”
It is also noticeable that sectors such as the liberal professions, medical and paramedical professions and catering, score worse than ordinary traders and e-commerce. However, those professions handle more and more sensitive personal information and you would expect them to score better in terms of GDPR.
Here is the link to the German court ruling https://www.gesetze-bayern.de/Content/Document/Y-300-Z-BECKRS-B-2018-N-22735?hl=true