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Hamburg: HmbBfDI publishes annual activity report 2019

The Hamburg State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information ('HmbBfDI') announced, on 13 February 2020, that it had published its annual activity report for 2019 ('the Report') as required under the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR'). In particular, the Report criticises the failure to efficiently implement the one-stop-shop principle and states that an insufficient amount of enforcement actions have been implemented since the entry into force of the GDPR.

Moreover, the Report addresses the amount of tracking mechanisms used on internet users in order to send personalised advertisements, frequently by press websites, and which amount to the tracking of sensitive data. In addition, the Report states that the HmbBfDI requested companies that use such tracking mechanisms to implement adequate consent solutions but notes that its requests have been implemented slowly, and that consequently the HmbBfDI will continue its efforts on the matter in the upcoming year.

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