GDPR came into force on May 25, 2018, and everyone rushed to comply, fearing huge fines and other legal repercussions. Did it work as expected? Let’s check what the numbers have to say.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), for example, received 6,281 data protection complaints between May 25, 2018 (when the new regulation came into force) and July 3, up from 2,417 in the same period the previous year.


  • From May 25, 2018, to mid-March 2019, supervisory authorities in the 31 countries that make up the European Economic Area reported 206,326 cases of GDPR infringement (European Data Protection Board)
  • Issued fines totaled up to 55,955,871 EUR, most of which was the huge fine Google received in France (European Data Protection Board)

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European Data Protection Board

  • The National Data Protection Commission in France fined Google 50 million EUR on January 21, 2019 (CNIL France)
  • 52% of the reports have already been closed and 1% face challenges in national courts (European Data Protection Board)

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European Data Protection Board

  • 28% more self-reported data breaches were recorded in 2017-2018 compared to the previous year, as a result of the mandatory reporting imposed by the GDPR (ENISA Threat Landscape Report 2018)
  • One of the less fortunate consequences of regulation was GDPR-themed spam:

A large number of GDPR-themed spam emails have been observed during the first quarter of 2018. This spam activity included mostly paid seminars, webinars and workshops related to the new EU’s privacy regulation.

ENISA Threat Landscape Report 2018

  • 49% of organizations in EMEA said that they were not well prepared for GDPR (The Trust Factor by Radware)
  • More than 42.230 complaints from individuals have been registered across Europe (The European Data Protection Board)
  • The privacy regulator in Poland fined a company over £187,000 under GDPR provisions for scraping public data and reusing it commercially without notifying the respective consumers (InfoSecurity Magazine)

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GDPR Today

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