The European Parliament adopted a new regulation on the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union in October 2018.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently stated in a decision that administrators of fan pages (like Facebook) must be considered data controllers, despite the fact that the audience statistics compiled by Facebook are transmitted to the fan page administrator only in anonymised form.
With the emergence of new technologies, such as cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence, the possibility to move data freely has become a key issue for European companies.
Hungarian businesses have the “sword of Damocles” hanging over their head as the new European data protection regulation (“GDPR”) is applicable as of 25 May 2018. Due to the fact that the majority of the Hungarian companies are micro-enterprises, the administrative burdens cause an impossible obstacle to them.
From 25 May 2018 the GDPR will introduce a comprehensive reform of the data protection regulations all across Europe. The administrative fines are the central elements of the new enforcement regime, being a powerful tool in the hands of the supervisory authorities. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“Working Party”) has adopted guidelines on the application and setting of administrative fines for the purposes of the GDPR (“Guidelines”) in the end of 2017.
On 25 January 2018 the EU Commission issued a guidance on the direct application of the GDPR. The Commission reminds the Member States to the fact that GDPR requires significant adjustments in the following aspects.