The Hungarian Data Protection Authority (Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság, NAIH) has recently published its full decision on the case in which the Authority imposed a fine ca. EUR 665,000 (HUF 250 million), the highest data protection fine to date in Hungary.
Between 2014 and 2018 the Hungarian Gambling Authority (“HGA”) had actively sanctioned international operators for online gambling services provided towards Hungarian customers. Hundreds of litigations were commenced to challenge the numerous sanctioning resolutions of the authorities by the international operators.
Gambling is a regulatory area where Member States, due to their moral and cultural differences, enjoy a wide margin of discretion when choosing their objectives and thus market structure, however such freedom is not without boundaries: restrictive measures, such as state monopolies, must nevertheless satisfy the requirements best summarised by the landmark decision of Gebhard.