DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s data privacy regulator is close to the end of the first tube in a multinational company on the basis of the new EU privacy laws will, presumably, Facebook’s WhatsApp, a subsidiary, and, although a formal decision could take months.
FILE PHOTO: The-WhatsApp, the messaging application is displayed on a display screen of the phone by the 3rd of August 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo
Ireland is home to the European headquarters of a number of AMERICAN technology companies. That’s what makes the irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), under the direction of Helen Dixon as the lead supervisor in the block, under the EU’s General data protection Regulation’s (GDPR), “One-Stop-Shop” system, introduced last year.
The Irish Independent newspaper, quoting Dixon said on Friday that her firm’s first major GDPR’s decision with respect to its role as a multinational company, and was one of the two probes, it can be opened in its entirety.
More than half of all the MINISTRY ‘ s multinational surveys are related to Facebook, eight are directly focused on the U.S. social media giant, plus the two of them in WhatsApp and Facebook-owned Instagram.
“I expect it to land on my desk within the next two weeks,” Dixon told the newspaper in an interview.
“I would like to say that we are able to do so in the space of 48 hours, but it will have to be in the order of the months, this has to be done in the way that it needs to be done about it. I’ll enable them for a period of time in which to respond. I would have to consider their responses to them.”
The new rules will give regulators the power to impose fines and penalties for violations of up to 4% of the global turnover of 20 million euros ($22 million), whichever is higher.
Dixon said her office was “not really looking forward to” a record $5 billion fine, Facebook agreed to pay last month to resolve a U.S. government probe into its privacy practices.
“A critique of the FTC’s (Federal Trade Commission) decision, is that it has done nothing to change Facebook’s business model, or the way in which Facebook will have to deal with your personal information. The choices we make have an impact, both in terms of how the GDPR should be used,” she said.
Dixon told the newspaper that the MINISTRY had also opened 21 investigations for a multinational technology company and, with respect to Verizon Communications Inc. ‘ s media division, formerly known as the Oath.
In a separate embarrassing ” for the government of Ireland on Friday, the MINISTRY told the state it must discard the data taken at 3.2 million, respectively, of the country of 4.7 million people, was collected as a part of the roll-out of id cards for public services.
He said that there was no legal basis for the widespread use of the card, which was introduced for the retrieval of payments, but criticized due to data privacy are used when it is necessary in order to gain access to other state services, such as renewing a driving licence.
Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Mark Potter