HDPA - 38/2019

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HDPA (Greece) - 38/2019
Authority: HDPA (Greece)
Jurisdiction: Greece
Relevant Law: Article 4(1) GDPR
Article 5(2) GDPR
Article 6 GDPR
Article 14 GDPR
Article 32 GDPR
Type: Investigation
Outcome: Violation
Decided: 18.10.2019
Fine: 20,000 EUR
Parties: [ΠΛΕΓΜΑ ΝΕΤ Wind Hellas]
National Case Number/Name: 38/2019
European Case Law Identifier: n/a
Appeal: n/a
Original Language(s): Greek
Original Source: HDPA (in EL)
Initial Contributor: n/a

The HDPA imposed a fine of EUR 20,000 and a reprimand to the telecommunication company Wind Hellas for violation of the GDPR and of the national law implementing the ePrivacy Directive and it issued a reprimand to the telephone services company ΠΛΕΓΜΑ ΝΕΤ for violation of the GDPR.

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Facts[edit | edit source]

The HDPA examined six complaints against Wind Hellas (hereafter "Wind") and ΠΛΕΓΜΑ ΝΕΤ for unsolicited calls with human intervention for direct marketing purposes. Wind claimed, among others, that it should not be the only liable company but it should first be assessed, as a preliminary issue, which the role of the contracting companies operating as call centres is (either data controllers or data processors). It claimed that some of them are data processors, because Wind provides them with lists with telephone numbers and with explicit orders for specific advertising activities; some others are data controllers, since they process lists with numbers they compile themselves, without Wind being aware of them. Wind also claimed that the purpose of the calls is research and not advertising.

Dispute[edit | edit source]

1) Does a telephone number constitute personal data?

2) Who is the data controller?

3) Do the processing activities pursue (even partially) advertising purposes?

4) Is the data subjects’ consent valid?

Holding[edit | edit source]

The HDPA found that:

1) The telephone number constitutes personal data according to Article 4(1) GDPR as the owner can be indirectly identified.

2) In both cases above, Wind is the data controller as it exclusively determines the purpose of the processing while the contracting companies are data processors.

3) The processing activities are intended to pursue (at least partially) advertising purposes.

4) The data subjects’ consent is not valid.

In addition to those issues, the HDPA admitted all the complaints and found that Wind Hellas had violated Article 14 GDPR and the national law on the protection of personal data and privacy in the telecommunication sector, while the processor ΠΛΕΓΜΑ ΝΕΤ had violated Article 32 GDPR.

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