1&1 Drillisch to appeal 9.5 million euro German data protection fine

BERLIN (Reuters) - Virtual mobile network operator 1&1 Drillisch AG said on Monday it would appeal a 9.6 million euro ($10.6 million) fine imposed by Germany’s federal data protection authority for failing to protect user data.

The case that led to the fine involved a request by a person in 2018 to obtain a mobile phone number of their former partner, which a Drillisch help desk worker met in line with the security rules in force at the time, Drillisch said in a statement.

“This fine is completely disproportionate,” Drillisch said in a statement. It added that it had tightened its procedures since the incident in question.

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Thomas Seythal