Garmin's Navionics probed in Italy for possible data-privacy breach

12 October 2018 10:04am

10 October 2018. By Vesela Gladicheva

Navionics, an Italian electronic navigational chart maker owned by US tech company Garmin, is under investigation by Italy's data-privacy enforcer for inadvertently exposing hundreds of thousands of customer records, MLex has learned.

"We have decided to open an investigation into the case to check if there is a data breach," an official at the Garante per la Protezione dei Dati Personali told MLex.

If the authority confirms the breach, the Italian company could potentially be exposed to hefty fines under the EU's strict General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force in May this year.

"We have contacted the company" requesting comprehensive information to evaluate the case, the official said. That includes details about the breach and the nationalities of the individuals whose personal data have potentially been compromised.

The official said that Navionics hadn't informed the Italian regulator or any of its EU counterparts of any data breach.

If it establishes that the incident affected people in more than one EU country, the Italian enforcer will take the lead in an EU-wide investigation, with input from other "concerned" data regulators, under the rules of the GDPR, the official said.

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