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Hungary: NAIH fines Digi HUF 80M for data security failures

The National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (NAIH) issued, on June 22, 2023, its decision in Case No. NAIH-6427-1/2023, in which it fined Digi Telecommunications and Services Ltd HUF 80 million (approx. $223,104), for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), following an audit in connection with a reported data breach.

Background to the decision

The NAIH detailed that it had launched an official audit in connection with the data protection incident reported electronically by Digi. The NAIH explained that the data provided by Digi was not sufficient to assess whether Digi had fully complied with the obligations of the GDPR, in particular, Articles 32-34.

Findings of the NAIH

Following its investigation, the NAIH found that Digi had violated Article 5(1)(a) of the GDPR, as data involved in the incident was not deleted although it was no longer needed. In addition, the NAIH explained that Article 32(1) and (2) of the GDPR were infringed as Digi failed to implement adequate and proportionate measures to ensure the security of data processing and did not adopt technical and organizational measures proportionate to the risks involved in data protection.

Outcomes

In view of the above findings, the NAIH imposed a fine of HUF 80 million (approx. $223,104) for the abovementioned violations, required Digi to review all databases containing personal data managed to determine whether the use of encryption is justified, and to inform the NAIH of the results.

You can download the decision, only available in Hungarian, here.