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Ireland Is Being Shamed For Not Regulating Big Tech

Europe’s tough data-privacy rules risk being undermined by the inaction of a single regulator.

Even though Irish Data Protection Commission oversees the biggest, most data-hungry tech companies in the world, the Irish regulator has been rather quiet. After receiving almost 3,000 complaints, it has issued no fines since GDPR came into force, despite opening more than a dozen inquiries into firms like Facebook and Twitter.

Full article: Ireland Is Being Tech-Shamed, For Good Reason – Bloomberg

Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

Ireland’s data protection watchdog – the Irish Data Protection Commission- said it was “actively engaging” with WhatsApp’s Irish division to determine if EU user data had been impacted.

But because WhatsApp is still investigating whether any EU data was affected as a result of the flaw, the company has not notified the watchdog of the breach under the bloc’s stringent GDPR regulations. The commission therefore has not yet launched a formal investigation into the vulnerability.

Source: Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

Irish DPA Examines Right to Rectification

In light of increased awareness of the rights granted to individuals under the new data protection legislation, Ireland’s data protection authority (DPA) – Data Protection Commission – has published a note to clarify aspects of the right to rectification of personal data.

In particular, it examines the case of recording of names of individuals that contain diacritical marks (for example, fadas in the Irish language).

Read note: Examination of Right to Rectification complaints | 30/04/2019 | Data Protection Commission

Ireland’s Supreme Court to rule on Facebook data transfer appeal

The Supreme Court will rule by June 6th on Facebook’s appeal over a High Court decision to refer key issues concerning the validity of European Commission decisions approving European Union-United States data transfer channels to the European Court of Justice (CJEU).

The referral was made by the High Court in proceedings by the Data Protection Commissioner arising from complaints by Austrian lawyer Max Schrems that the transfer of his personal data by Facebook to the US breached his data privacy rights as an EU citizen.

Source: Supreme Court to rule on Facebook data transfer appeal

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner opens investigations into 17 multinational tech companies

Speaking at the US Senate hearing, Helen Dixon has opened more than 50 investigations, some of which are expected to conclude by the end of the summer. The 50 investigations include domestic companies, public sector bodies and tech giants.

Source: The Irish Data Protection Commissioner opens investigations into 17 multinational tech companies

How one country blocks the world on data privacy

The GDPR is the world’s toughest standard for data privacy. But nearly a year later, its chief enforcer — the tiny nation of Ireland — has yet to take a single action against major tech firms like Facebook and Google.

Now, data-privacy experts and regulators in other countries alike are questioning Ireland’s commitment to policing imminent privacy concerns like Facebook’s reintroduction of facial recognition software and data sharing with its recently purchased subsidiary WhatsApp, and Google’s sharing of information across its burgeoning number of platforms.

Full article: How one country blocks the world on data privacy – POLITICO

Irish data regulator looking into Facebook password gaffe

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DCP) has confirmed it’s looking into the hundreds of millions of passwords that Facebook stored without encryption.

The social network notified the regulator that user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram were stored in plain text in the company’s internal servers.

Source: Irish data regulator looking into Facebook password gaffe | IT PRO

People have no absolute right to fadas in names

Irish people don’t have an “absolute right” to have their names spelt correctly, the State data watchdog has ruled.

Ciarán Ó Cofaigh complained to the Data Protection Commission after medics refused to include the fada on his name because computer software does not allow for fadas. He alleges the Health Service Executive (HSE) was in breach of Article 16 of the GDPR that gives the right to people to have “inaccurate personal data” held by organisations corrected “without undue delay”.

Source: People have no absolute right to fadas in names, watchdog finds

Ireland received 136 cross-border complaints under GDPR by end of 2018

Ireland dealt with 136 GDPR One-Stop-Shop complaints from 25 May to 31 December 2018, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) says.

Under the GDPR, if a company’s main establishment is in Ireland, this ‘lead supervisory authority’ has primary responsibility for dealing with a complaint or an issue in cross-border cases lodged by individuals with other EU Data Protection Authorities. Ireland’s DPC is the lead supervisory authority for a broad range of US-based multinationals, such as Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Dropbox, Airbnb and LinkedIn.

Source: Ireland received 136 cross-border complaints under GDPR by end of 2018 – Privacy Laws & Business

Irish data protection authority has 15 open investigations on tech companies

The Ireland Data Protection Commission said in a report that as of Dec. 31 it had 15 ongoing investigations of multinational tech companies. Ten of the investigations were about Facebook or its subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp.

“The rise in the number of complaints and queries demonstrates a new level of mobilisation to action on the part of individuals to tackle what they see as misuse or failure to adequately explain what is being done with their data,” Helen Dixon, Ireland’s data protection commissioner, said in a statement along with the report.

Source: A European data privacy office has 15 open investigations. Ten are about Facebook.

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