The Hamburg Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information explained its decision to fine Facebook $55,500 for failing to nominate a data protection officer to its German office under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Bloomberg reports. The DPA said Facebook’s “careful and professional handling of the violation” helped the company avoid a higher fine. “This case should be a clear warning to all other companies: naming a (DPO) and telling the regulator about it are duties,” the DPA said in its annual report. “Even smaller violations like these can lead to substantial penalties.”
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