The Italian Data Protection Authority, the Garante, imposed privacy-related fines totaling about EUR 5 million, up about 20 percent over the 2013 total, Telecompaper reports. The sanctions applied to both public entities and private companies and mainly concerned privacy violations, a Garante newsletter explains. The Garante “carried out a total of 385 checks, issued 577 administrative fines and reported 39 cases to the courts,” the report states. The Garante noted the fines "mainly referred to cases of nondisclosure, unlawful treatment of data, and failure to notify the regulator and users of violations of personal data.”
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