The Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued a 525,000 euro fine to a Berlin-based retailer for violation of data protection officer requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. An investigation found an alleged conflict of interest concerning the DPO's employment status and decision-making responsibilities that violated Article 38(6) of the GDPR. The company received a warning from the regulator in 2021. (Press release in German.)
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