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Klarna fined $733,000 under GDPR for data info issues.

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  • Klarna has been fined $733,000 for breaching the European Union’s GDPR regulations.
  • The Swedish payments giant was found guilty of not providing clear and accessible information regarding the storage of personal data of its users.

In a landmark ruling, Swedish payments giant Klarna has been fined 7.5 million crowns ($733,000) for breaching the European Union’s GDPR. The Court of Appeal in Sweden found Klarna guilty of not providing clear and accessible information regarding the storage of personal data of its users. Klarna, known for its buy now, pay later services, was scrutinized for its privacy notices between March and June 2020. The GDPR mandates transparently informing users about the handling of their personal data, including collection, usage, and storage specifics. The ruling highlights the importance of compliance with data protection laws and serves as a reminder for companies operating within the EU.

The case against Klarna underscores the stringent regulatory environment companies must navigate in handling user data and the hefty penalties for non-compliance. The ruling follows an audit conducted by the Swedish Data Protection Agency (SDPA), focusing on the adequacy of privacy information Klarna provided to its clients in 2020. While Klarna has updated its privacy notes since the audit, the court’s decision to impose the original fine sought by the SDPA signifies the importance of GDPR compliance. Klarna has not yet commented on the ruling, indicating a cautious approach as they assess the implications of the court’s decision.

The case also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by FinTech companies in balancing innovative financial solutions with rigorous data protection standards. It serves as a potent reminder of the critical importance of GDPR compliance for companies, especially those operating within the EU.

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