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More than 95,000 complaints have been lodged with EU countries since the entry into force of the data protection block's flagship law eight months ago, the European Commission announced on Friday.
The complaints have already triggered three monetary penalties, including the record sum of 50 million euros imposed on France by the US giant Google for not informing users enough about the use of their data.
Google has promised to appeal the French ruling enforced by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted on May 25.
"Citizens have become more aware of the importance of data protection and their rights," said First Vice President Frans Timmermans, as well as other officials of the commission.
"And they are now exercising these rights, as national data protection authorities see in their daily work, and to date have received more than 95,000 complaints from citizens," the statement added.
"What is at stake is not only the protection of our privacy, but also that of our democracies and the guarantee of the sustainability of our data-based economies."
However, officials said Brussels was still waiting for five member countries to adapt the GDPR to their national legislation.
The five are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovenia and Greece, told AFP a European source under the guise of anonymity.
The GDPR is applied by national data protection agencies.
The EU has introduced the RGPD as the biggest change in data privacy regulation since the birth of the Web, claiming that it sets new standards following the scandal of data collection on Facebook.
The law establishes the fundamental principle that individuals must explicitly allow the use of their data and give consumers the "right to know" who processes their information and what it serves.
People will be able to block the processing of their data for commercial reasons and even have data deleted under the "right to be forgotten".
Arguments in favor of adopting new rules have been amplified by the scandal over the collection of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica, a US-UK policy research firm, in preparation for the presidential election of 2016 in the United States.
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