Complaints to the ICO have spiked since GDPR came into effect in May
If related to GDPR, the bump serves as a preview to US companies that will soon be grappling with their own states' data privacy laws.
Complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in Europe have skyrocketed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in late May.
GDPR is a sweeping set of new data privacy rules that govern the handling of EU members’ data no matter where it occurs. Companies found in breach of GDPR can be assessed fees up to €20 million, or 4 percent of their annual revenue, whichever is higher.
Numerous media outlets have reported that law firm EMW requested data from the ICO that showed that complaints to the supervisory authority rose 160 percent to 6,281 between May 25 and July 3, 2018, compared to the same period last year.