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German officials accuses Irish regulator of failing to enforce GDPR

Frustration has burst out over the Irish Data Protection Commission’s treatment of large technology platforms, reports the Financial Times. Dublin is the EU headquarters for Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter, giving Ireland the responsibility for enforcing their GDPR compliance. Germany’s data protection regulator claimed that it had sent over 50 complaints about WhatsApp to the Irish authorities, ‘none of which had been closed’. Since the regulation came into force, in 2018, the IDPC has issued only one fine, of 450,000 Euros, to Twitter. The regulators ‘extremely slow case handling’ was also criticised. The IDPC had pointed out that fines imposed by Germany’s regulator had been overturned by the courts, and that ‘challenges are being experienced by all (privacy regulators) in their dealings with the framework’. 

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Frustration has burst out over the Irish Data Protection Commission’s treatment of large technology platforms, reports the Financial Times.

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