In Vienna 220,000 tenants lose the name badges on their doorbells. The reason: a resident complained about a lack of privacy. The tenant of a community apartment referred to the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), which eventually came into effect in May. This confirmed a spokesperson for the municipal property management "Wiener Wohnen" on Friday at the request of SPIEGEL.
The tenant said that according to the EU regulation, his privacy is not sufficiently protected if his name is on the bell. The employees of "Wiener Wohnen" informed and received from the municipal data protection department of the city of Magistrats the assessment that the connection of last name and apartment number violates the GDPR.
"So we have to replace the standard boards," said the spokesperson for "Wiener Wohnen". In 220,000 apartments in about 2,000 residential complexes, all the names of the bell-labels must be removed by the end of the year.
The GDPR – easily explained
Anonymous numbers instead of last name
Instead, the property management wants to link numbers to the call labels, so that visitors can still call the right apartment. If you still want to have your name on the board, you have to become active yourself and stick your own sticker. But property management can not do that officially anymore.
The obligation of anonymity exists not only in Austria, since the DSGVO applies within the EU, the ORF reports. Earlier there was a right of the tenants on anonymity. Apparently this was not seen as strict – and nobody mentioned it so far.