FT: Ireland Fails To Comply With EU Law On GDPR
The Irish authorities are failing to comply with European law with regard to leading technology companies headquartered in Ireland, the Financial Times (FT) reports.
Citing an analysis by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICLL), the FT writes that Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has failed to resolve 98% of 164 serious complaints against major tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter. The FT notes that Spain, which has a smaller budget than Ireland for measures to protect personal information, is much more active in this area, issuing ten times as many new rulings.
According to ICLL senior partner Johnny Ryan, Ireland is a « stumbling block » in the enforcement of the European Personal Information Protection Regulations (GDPR). « Enforcement of GDPR regulations against leading technology companies has been paralyzed by Ireland’s inability to issue requirements for these companies in cross-border cases, » Mr. Ryan said. He stressed that the rest of the EU has to wait for Ireland to take action against the companies themselves.
Watchdogs in Spain, France and Germany have criticized the position of Irish regulators. DPC representatives have not yet commented on these reports.