From Iceland — Data Protection Authority Fines Ísbúð Huppu

Data Protection Authority Fines Ísbúð Huppu 5 Million

Published June 30, 2021

Erik Pomrenke
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Tobias Tullius | Unsplash

The ice cream parlor Ísbúð Huppu has been fined five million ISK by the Data Protection Authority for electronic monitoring in one of its locations.

According to DV, who originally published the story, complaints originated from the parent of an underage employee.

The complaints concerned the digital surveillance of a room used by many of the employees to change into work uniforms. Furthermore, it was stated that the employees had not been given sufficient notice regarding the surveillance nor educated regarding their rights.

In its ruling on the case, the Data Protection Authority released the following statement:

“The conclusion of the Data Protection Authority was that the processing of personal data that was part of the monitoring did not rely on a satisfactory authorization for processing in accordance with the Data Protection Act and neither the transparency requirement nor the proportionality requirement of the law was observed. It is also the conclusion of the Data Protection Authority that no clear warning has been given about monitoring with a signal or in any other way and that the obligation to educate employees has not been observed. Finally, it is the conclusion of the Data Protection Authority that Huppuís ehf. has violated point 5. Paragraph 1 Article 41 Act no. 90/2018, which deals with the Data Protection Authority’s access to data, during the investigation of the case.”

Exacerbating the fine were the number of offenses and the involvement of minors, who have special consideration in cases of personal data protection.

In the future, Ísbúð Huppu is supposed to stop such monitoring, delete existing records, and review its training procedures.

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