Berlin DPA imposes 525K euro fine over DPO violation

The Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued a 525,000 euro fine to a Berlin-based retailer for violation of data protection officer requirements under the [GDPR]. An investigation found an alleged conflict of interest concerning the DPO's employment status and decision-making responsibilities that violated Article 38(6) of the GDPR. The company received a warning from the regulator in 2021.