How the Irish DPC reluctantly became the EU's GDPR enforcer

24/05/2023 | Barrons

Five years after the EU implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), critics argue that the GDPR is failing and enforcement is challenging for Ireland. Dublin is at the centre of the GDPR regime because it hosts the European headquarters of Google, Meta, Twitter and TikTok. 

Even though Ireland is by far the biggest issuer of GDPR penalties, critics like Johnny Ryan of the Irish Civil Liberties Union and Austrian campaigner Max Schrems say the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) isn't doing enough. Cases can take years to resolve, and punishments are rarely severe enough. This week's €1.2 billion Meta fine shows the reluctance of the DPC, which admitted the European Data Protection Board ordered it to issue the fine. The French data protection authority, the CNIL, was one of four regulators demanding tougher action. In an interview with AFP, CNIL chief Marie-Laure Denis said, "The CNIL is very careful to challenge, in the best sense of the word, the proposals of the DPC." 

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