Irish data protection watchdog defends handling of social media investigations
Ireland’s regulator of big tech companies – Data Protection Commission (DPC) – has long faced criticism from civil liberties groups in Ireland and across Europe, accusing it of being too soft and too slow.
The DPC was criticised for proposing a fine of 50 million euros against WhatsApp for breaches of privacy laws. However, the fine was increased to 225 million euros after it consulted with its European partners.
Ireland’s data protection watchdog has defended its stance and the pace of its investigations into breaches by social media giants. Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the long-running criticisms are “becoming old news”.
Recently Data Protection Commission issued a fine to Instagram of 405 million euro over the way in which it handled teenagers’ personal data, making it the largest fine the authority has ever issued.
Source: Irish data protection watchdog defends handling of social media investigations – Independent.ie