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Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Coming Next Year

The Irish Data Protection Commission was due to give its draft decision on a WhatsApp privacy case in December, but it’s now pushed back into early January.

The draft decision was expected to say how big a fine WhatsApp owner Facebook was liable to pay—under the law, potential fines run as high as 4% of global annual revenues. However, a procedural complaint by WhatsApp’s lawyers has now shoved that decision into next year.

Source: GDPR: Europe’s First Big Privacy Crackdown on Big Tech Is Being Delayed By WhatsApp’s Procedural Concerns | Fortune

Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said her office is conducting a number of investigations into the micro-targeting of individuals on large social media platforms as it raised issues of compliance with new General Data Protection Regulation rules.

Current investigations are open into the use of platforms, data brokers, and ad exchanges. Micro-targeting individuals with specific content has the potential of amplifying the harmful effects of disinformation. Commissioner hopes to conclude all investigations by next year.

Source: Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

Data Protection Commission engaging with Revolut as a “matter of urgency”

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has said that it will be engaging with financial technology company Revolut as “a matter of urgency” over their new privacy policy and cookies policy changes Revolut announced this week.

Revolut’s new privacy policy means that users will have their data shared with social media and analytics companies for marketing purposes and also with credit bureaus, unless they actively opt-out.

Source: Data Protection Commission engaging with Revolut as a “matter of urgency” over privacy changes | JOE is the voice of Irish people at home and abroad

Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year

The Irish data protection commissioner expects to issue decisions on investigations into Twitter and Whatsapp by the end of the year, a spokeswoman has said.

However, the effect of any sanction or fine, if issued, would not occur for “months” after that due to statutory examination processes.

Helen Dixon’s office concluded its investigation several weeks ago and is formulating draft decisions, possibly with the inclusion of a sanction, fine or regulatory order for Whatsapp and Twitter to change their own processes.

Source: Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year – Independent.ie

Ireland publishes note on data breach trends

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has published information note on data breach trends from the first year of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The total number of breach notifications received by the DPC during that time amounted to 5,818. Of all breach notifications received by the DPC, approximately 4% have been classified a ‘non-breaches’ and did not meet the definition of a personal data breach.

a total of 13% failed to satisfy the requirement of notification to the DPC ‘without undue delay’ (normally within 72 hours), as required under the provisions of GDPR.

Source: Data Breach Trends from the First Year of the GDPR

Is Ireland breaching EU rules by underfunding data regulator?

Ireland provided the Data Protection Commission with significantly less funding than it needs at a time when it is struggling to cope with the extra work it got landed with following the introduction of GDPR last year.

Not only does this put the Government potentially at risk by leaving the commission without proper resources, but it also could be against the law. Data protection consultant Daragh O’Brien of Irish company Castlebridge Associates certainly thinks so. He has filed a complaint to the European Commission, suggesting the State has probably breached its obligations under GDPR, the Law Enforcement Directive and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Source: Is Ireland breaching EU rules by underfunding data regulator?

Irish Department of Social Protection accused of ‘mass surveillance’

A complaint has been made to the Data Protection Commissioner accusing the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection of engaging in “mass surveillance” with regard to the collation of data from the free travel pass variant of the Public Services Card.

The complainant, Martin McMahon, from Dublin, noted when travelling with his own travel pass that his rights were being breached under the General Data Protection Regulation as his movements were being ‘recorded’.

Source: PSC fall-out: Department of Social Protection accused of ‘mass surveillance’

Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has concluded investigations into Facebook’s WhatsApp and Twitter over possible breaches of EU data privacy rules.

The investigations will now move into the decision-making phase. During this next phase, Ireland’s chief data regulator, Helen Dixon, will issue draft decisions, which are expected to come toward the end of the year.

Source: Facebook WhatsApp, Twitter investigations in Ireland reach conclusion

Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram data scraping

The Irish Data Protection Commission, a key EU data regulator, wants to know whether EU subjects were affected by the Instagram data scraping.

Marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping millions of users’ public data from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app — tracking people’s locations, saving their Stories posts (which are supposed to disappear after 24 hours), and gathering other information about them.

Source: Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram, hyp3r data scraping – Business Insider

IAB Europe refuses to answer Irish Data Protection Commission

IAB Europe refuses to answer questions from Irish Data Protection Commission arising from formal GDPR complaint by Brave’s Dr Ryan against IAB Europe’s “forced consent” and consent walls.

The Irish Data Protection Commission informed Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, the private web browser, that IAB Europe has ignored its questions concerning his GDPR complaint against IAB Europe’s unlawful cookie wall.

Source: IAB Europe refuses to answer Irish Data Protection Commission

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