On 5 January 2021, the Czech DPA (“UOOU”) announced that 11 organizations had been fined with approx. EUR 119,000 for sending unsolicited postal marketing in breach of the GDPR requirements.
In a nutshell, UOOU found that the organizations:
- have abused the Government’s resolution on the possibility to send postal messages free of charge in order to facilitate the electronic contact between them and the state administration in times of Coronavirus pandemic emergency period;
- have violated Article 6 of the GDPR as the personal addresses of the data subjects have been processed without a legal basis;
- have failed to provide the data subjects information on the processing of their data for marketing purposes, in breach of Article 14 of the GDPR.
The press release is available here (only in Czech).