Europe’s Data Law Is Broken, Departing Privacy Chief Warns
The General Data Protection Regulation — put in motion with great fanfare three years ago — promised multibillion-euro fines for global companies and faster action to solve 21st century problems. But in reality, it’s sparked clashes between watchdogs and delays to probes, said Johannes Caspar, who’s about to step down as head of the Hamburg data protection commission after 12 years.
Tensions over GDPR have been welling up from the start. Overnight, the Irish Data Protection Commission was transformed into the leading EU supervisor for the Silicon Valley giants with regional hubs in the nation, such as Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. With 28 Irish probes into tech firms pending and no immediate decision in sight, the authority has faced a barrage of criticism accusing it of being too slow and too soft.