The news: Ireland is failing to apply the European Union’s (EU) privacy laws on Big Tech companies: The regulator has left still unresolved 98% of 164 complaints against significant privacy abuses, per Ars Technica. Ireland’s poor record of privacy enforcement is adversely affecting the rest of the EU, which is waiting on it before taking action on other complaints against Big Tech.
More on this: “GDPR enforcement against Big Tech is paralyzed by Ireland’s failure to deliver draft decisions on cross-border cases,” Ryan added. The Irish regulator’s reticence to police Big Tech is causing a ripple effect, slowing down enforcement in other European countries.
What’s next? While Irish regulators are being criticized for their failure to address mounting complaints against Big Tech, the bottleneck also reveals weaknesses in overall GDPR enforcement. Namely, responsibility for regulation falls on a handful of countries, some of which may not be equipped or inclined to hold Big Tech companies to the law.
Measures are in place to circumvent Ireland’s inactivity—including initiating GDPR-related investigations under specific circumstances—but these could take time and further prolong the process.
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