The highest GDPR so far – $57 million – has been imposed on Google by French regulators, though Marriott may have to pony up $123 million. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

European regulators wielded General Data Protection Regulation fines judiciously in the first 20 months after the law went into effect in May 2018. Nonetheless, a sharp increase during that period implies decreasing leniency, with legal and cyber experts predicting stricter enforcement to ensure companies comply with privacy requirements.

While still relatively low in volume, the number of GDPR fines increased 39% at the back end of the 20-month period between May 25, 2019 and January 27, 2020, according to a report from DLA Piper. Organizations required to comply with GDPR reported 160,921 personal data breaches to data protection supervisory authorities in that same timeframe.

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