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Belgium's data protection authority, Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit, has announced its first fine for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The DPA is fining a Belgian mayor 2,000 euros for the misuse of data for election purposes. According to the authority, the violation stems from the "re-use of data obtained in the context of an urban development project for electoral purposes," which is an act that breached the GDPR's principle of finality. "Although the fine is modest, the message is not," the DPA said in its statement. "Data protection is a matter for all of us, but controllers must take their responsibility, especially if they have a government mandate." (Original article is in Dutch.)
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