Norwegian DPA: Administrative fine for Rælingen municipality 

18 August 2020

Final decision, administrative fine for Rælingen municipality 

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has imposed an administrative fine of EUR 47,500 to Rælingen Municipality. The fine is imposed after data concerning health of children with special needs was processed using the digital learning platform Showbie. 
- The case started when we received a notification of a personal data breach from the municipality. Upon further investigation of the case, it appeared that the level of security of the application was not proportionate with the risk, says Director-General of the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, Bjørn Erik Thon. – This is obviously a significant issue, as it has to do with both children and personal data concerning health. 

Several infringements
The infringement affects 15 children with special needs. The application Showbie has been used to send health related personal data between the school and the homes of the children. 

The necessary risk and data protection impact assessments and testing have not been completed before the application was put to use. Lack of security measures when logging in to the application has made it possible to obtain information about other children in the group. 

After the breach notification, the municipality has pointed out that there is no indication that any of the children have actually been victim to material or non-material damage, but the Norwegian Data Protection Authority has not put emphasis on this in the consideration of the case. This is because we found that the infringement itself creates a risk, regardless of whether the risk actually manifests itself in a more concrete form of damage to the affected children or not. 
The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has chosen to reduce the fine after an overall assessment, made on the basis of an inquiry from Rælingen municipality. An assessment was also made in relation to previous practice under the old law. The case has not been appealed, and the fee of EUR 47,500 is final.

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