Privacy watchdog fines Greece’s Finance Ministry for data protection failure
Associated Press reports that Greece’s Finance Ministry has been fined €150,000 ($200,000) by the privacy watchdog for allegedly failing to protect data on millions of taxpayers. The data ended up in the hands of private companies, or in some cases, in the hands of data thieves.
The Data Protection Authority said Friday the ministry hadn’t taken sufficient steps to protect its databases from unauthorized access.
That led to a “particularly large” breach of personal data, the authority said in a statement, and gave the ministry two months to improve security.
Last year, police arrested a man on suspicion of having stolen 9 million personal data files from the ministry, in what is believed to be Greece’s biggest breach of private information.
And in January, police charged three men after tax data for millions of Greeks were found in an Athens company’s offices.
I had previously noted the theft of the 9 million files as it was almost Greece’s entire citizenry. The January arrests are news to me and I’m still trying to find more information on that. So far, I haven’t located a copy of the DPA’s statement on the fine, but I’ll keep looking. If you’ve seen it, please let me know where.