Head of Media Disputes Ryan Dunleavy spoke to Compliance Week following the release last week by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (IDPC) of a report into its regulatory activity under the General Data Protection Regulation since the regulation was introduced in May 2018.

The IDPC is the Lead Supervisory Authority for a number of “Big Tech” companies that have their EU headquarters in Ireland, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter.

Since May 2018 the IDPC has been dealing with 24 inquiries into multinational technology companies, but Ryan Dunleavy questions whether the IDPC’s actions go far enough.

The article states:

‘Ryan Dunleavy, partner and head of the media disputes department at law firm Stewarts, says the report shows the IDPC has been dealing with a high-volume of cases that were potentially resolvable at the data protection officer level rather than focusing more on significant data and privacy issues – especially those around Big Tech.

‘“This report shows how inundated the DPC has been over the two years since the GDPR was introduced across Europe,” says Dunleavy. “The DPC has clearly been working hard, but a large number of these cases look like they could have been resolved by data controllers, data protection officers, and at the corporate level without getting the regulator involved. The DPC has published a significant amount of guidance for data controllers, but perhaps it should have more efficient mechanisms for weeding out these cases before they escalate and take up its time.”

‘For Dunleavy, “the report skirts around the key questions that everyone wants to know more about: When are we going to see more progress from the regulator on data and privacy issues related to Big Tech?”

‘“Given its role as lead supervisory authority to the various multinational Big Tech organisations that often have their EU headquarters in Ireland, it is disappointing to see that the DPC’s action against them over the last two years appears to have been limited and that fines against Big Tech by the Irish regulator still seem to be hovering on the horizon,” he adds.’


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