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Spain: AEPD fines Watium €160,000 for not providing requested information in an investigation

On May 22, 2024, the Spanish data protection authority (AEPD) published its decision in Proceeding No. PS/00168/2024, in which it imposed a fine of €160,000 on Watium SL. (Watium), which was subsequently reduced to €96,000, for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Background to the decision

The AEPD explained that following a complaint filed with the AEPD against Watium regarding possible incompliance with the data protection rules, the AEPD proceeded to carry out an investigation and send two requests for information to Watium.

The AEPD stated that Watium has not provided the requested information.

Findings of the AEPD

The AEPD held that by not providing the requested information, Watium hindered the investigative powers of the AEPD and thus violated Article 58(1) of the GDPR.


In light of the above violation, the AEPD imposed a fine of €160,000 on Watium. However, the total fine was subsequently reduced to €96,000 after Watium made use of the voluntary payment procedure and acknowledged its responsibility.

Furthermore, the AEPD required Watium to provide, within a period of 10 business days, the information requested.

You can read the decision, only available in Spanish, here.