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Europe's Chief Privacy Regulator Says Fines Are Inevitable

Law360 (May 4, 2019, 2:28 PM EDT) -- The fear of crushing fines under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation has been enough to make businesses finally pay attention to privacy — but some level of enforcement is imminent, the new regime's top official tells Law360.

“Before the 25th of May, most of us didn't have any enforcement powers, and data protection was not a top-level issue like it should have been,” said Andrea Jelinek, head of the newly formed European Data Protection Board, referring to the GDPR’s start date.

In an interview, Jelinek said she believes the new regime is achieving its intended effect even without many headline-grabbing penalties...

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