Deutsche Wohnen SE fined EUR 14.5 million


Date of enforcement action:
Jurisdiction: Fine imposed:
Germany Flag for Germany, which is the jurisdiction taking enforcement action EUR 14,500,000 (US$16,000,000)
Defendant company or entity: Industry segment:
Deutsche Wohnen SE Real Estate /

Case summary

After conducting onsite inspections in June 2017 and March 2019, the Berlin Commissioner noticed that Deutsche Wohnen SE was retaining personal data of tenants for an unlimited period, without examining whether the retention was legitimate or at all necessary. In some cases, it was possible to access personal data of affected tenants, some of which were years old, without the data serving the purpose of the original data collection. According to the press release, Deutsche Wohnen SE was using an archiving system that did not enable it to remove data that was no longer required for the specific purpose for which it was collected. The affected data relates to financial and personal circumstances, such as bank statements, training contracts, tax, social and health insurance data. (Hunton)

Applicable legal provisions

Enforcement information

Enforcement authority: Type of enforcement action:
Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Flag for Germany, which is the jurisdiction taking enforcement action Penalty notice
Subject to appeal?

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Entry last updated: 2020-01-12 11:39 GMT.