Data protection isn’t a new invention, but it has been receiving a lot of attention since the introduction of the GDPR and the amendment of the German Data Protection Act. Supervisory authorities are pursuing data privacy breaches with iron resolve. Depending on the company’s revenue and severity of the data privacy breach, six and sometimes seven figure fines can be imposed. Consumers, associations and competitors are sensitised and willing to bring data privacy breaches and compensation claims before the courts – sometimes in the form of class actions. At the same time the data privacy compliance is becoming more complex in an increasingly connected world where data is a commercial asset.
In short: the conflict risk is growing. Our data litigation team helps clients to avert or resolve conflicts out of court and to assert their rights in court, whether they are defending themselves against penalty notices, damage compensation claims or injunctions, or bringing data privacy breach actions against third parties.