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Brandenburg: Brandenburg LDA publishes 2021 activity report

The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Access to Information Brandenburg ('Brandenburg LDA') published, on 9 May 2022, its 2021 activity report. In particular, the Brandenburg LDA noted that the number of cases involving fines in connection with unauthorised data processing by police officers of the State of Brandenburg has again increased compared to the previous year, noting that overall, around 26% of its fine proceedings relate to such processing. In addition, the Brandenburg LDA stated that it has also imposed fines in other cases, for example, in 23 cases, it imposed fines for the violations of data protection law that had been identified and the total amount of fines imposed was €13,430.

Furthermore, the Brandenburg LDA outlined that it had received many reports of data breaches involving children's data, which resulted often through break-ins and thefts at day-care centres, noting that in most cases, electronic devices were stolen, such as cameras or laptops. Moreover, the Brandenburg LDA stated that it had launched a survey to investigate the causes of these incidents and noticed that the thefts had happened both during and outside the opening hours of the facilities. Hence, the Brandenburg LDA highlighted the importance of not only locking the devices after work, but directly after use and noted that camera recordings should only be kept on the devices for as short a time as possible and then transferred to a protected storage system. Moreover, the Brandenburg LDA emphasised that in order to protect children's data, some of which may be sensitive, it is essential to use encrypted data media wherever possible, hence recommending that the data protection officers of the day-care centres or their providers to sensitise the employees to these issues.

You can read the press release here and the report here, both only available in German.