After last week’s record fine of 18 million by the Austrian data protection authority, also the Berlin data protection regulator issued a fine of 14.5 million against Deutsche Wohnen. Despite a strong recommendation of the regulator after an on-site inspection in June 2017, Deutsche Wohnen did not change its archive system. When the regulator found the system unchanged during another on-site inspection in March 2019, it issued the fine. Due to a turnover of above one billion, Deutsche Wohnen could have been fined up to 28 million but benefited from its cooperation and having started to make the necessary changes.
This should be a reminder to clean up no longer needed stored data and to comply with recommendations of data protection authorities.