The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), a body which initiates and coordinates data protection authorities actions, has promoted the "Privacy Sweep 2014" initiative. On a date between May 12 and May 18, 2014, 28 data protection authorities are going to check smartphone and tablet apps, also with the aim of raising awareness among users on the need to protect privacy. It will be interesting to see what will arise out of “sweep day”.
A breach of data protection law may result in fines of the data protection authority and gives the DPA and the data subject the right to sue – this is the case under §§ 43, 44 German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). Now, a new bill shall allow consumer organisations to sue companies for such breaches.