The European privacy authorities have received eighteen thousand reports of data leaks since the entry into force of the AVG privacy law in May. That says Andrea Jelinek, the chairman of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), reports NBC News-journalist David Ingram on Twitter.

Reporting duty data leaks

The European Privacy Act came into effect on 25 May and requires companies and organizations that have experienced data leaks to report them to their national privacy authority. In the Netherlands, the reporting obligation of data leaks has been in effect since 2016.

Definition of data leaks

Data leaks concern, for example, the loss of documents, USB sticks or laptops with personal information, an e-mail in which personal data were wrongly sent to multiple recipients, or a hack in which sensitive data were captured. The EDPB consists of the privacy watchdogs of the 28 members of the European Union and an independent European supervisor.


In early October it became known that Uber paid 148 million dollars this year as settlement for a data breach in America. It was a victim of a leak, so the data of 50 million customers and 7 million drivers were stolen. The company would have tried to cover up the case by paying the hacker's silent money ($ 100,000). Uber was not happy, because the message came out.