Irish DPC faces limited resources, progresses WhatsApp-Facebook case

18/01/2021 | The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commission in Ireland has acknowledged in a pre-budget submission for 2021 that its work, including EU GDPR enforcement cases into international corporations, is being hampered by limited resources. In comparison, multinationals have "disproportionate resources" to the Irish regulator, which have delayed or slowed investigations due to limits on funds and staff. 

The announcement comes as TechCrunch reports that the DPC has progressed a case between Facebook and WhatsApp. The DPC sent a draft decision to fellow EU DPAs over a long-running investigation on the transparency of data-sharing between the two companies towards the back end of last year. Meanwhile, Reuters reveals that the Italian data authority believes WhatsApp's privacy disclaimer did not clearly communicate to users changes to its privacy policy. An article in The Verge, explains that as a consequence of a considerable backlash, the proposed changes to WhatsApp data-sharing with Facebook will be delayed 3-months. 

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