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Irish regulators failing to enforce EU laws against Big Tech

Big tech companies claimed that the Data Protection Commission (DPC) failed to backlog against large tech companies. EU qualifies tech companies and sets up regulations for customer benefit along with rules to manoeuvre applications. Being the lead of DPC, the Irish supervisory authorized 164 cases as per pan-European regulations. 98% of the cases remained unsolved previously, and as a result, many rules filled up the gap, according to research conducted by the Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL).

The Irish Times on Jun 11 reported, “Apple yet again Ireland’s largest company. Revenues for its Irish based company rose by 5 per cent in the year to September 2020, up to €121.9 billion.”

As 98% of the 164 significant complaints about privacy abuses remain unsolved, large companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter, having Dublin based headquarters fall under Ireland’s Data Protection Commissions regulations. EU-led regulators hold lawmakers accountable for privacy and campaign concerns failing to take action as data protection laws are too severe to ignore.

When GDPR came into force in May 2021, they sent four drafts to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) for approval, and the report said, “Ireland is the big EU bottleneck.”

“No other GDPR enforcer in the EU can intervene if the Irish DPC asserts its lead role in cases against big tech firms headquartered in Ireland.”

“EU GDPR enforcement against big tech is paralyzed by Ireland’s failure to deliver draft decisions on cross-border cases.”

Ireland has an excellent tax economy for tech companies, and they highly utilise the opportunity of taking office in a developed country with good conditions for business.

Several other European countries criticised Ireland’s hesitation for taking regulatory actions against big take, including Spain and Italy. Irish Parliament reported for GDPR implementation, “I’m afraid that the basic rights of the citizens are at stake.”

Officials in the EU region said Brussels could do a little more by taking action for Dublin. However, Irish DPC has been criticised many times before for the slower process of taking backlog actions. It came to everyone’s attention that in 2019, there were too many complaints, and it rose by 75% than the previous year. Still, no action was taken and no sign of allowable deduction, which is unfortunate.

Johnny Ryan, a senior fellow at ICCL, said, “ICCL believes that the costs of failing to apply the GDPR properly will be severe.”

“The fanfare surrounding the GDPR was such that the EU’s global influence will wane if it is allowed to fail.” He also said, “The worst cost of continuing data misuse will cause tyrannies among citizens and debase politics. Therefore, we urge you to intervene.” After all that, there was no sign of taking action from the authority who has the power to protect people’s data.

Big tech companies make Ireland their home due to the superb condition of taxing, and they can profit much more than other countries. As they greatly benefit, respecting the country and nationwide privacy makes more sense, but what we see here is quite impactful.

Prominent household names triggered 21% of the complaints in the country. DPA’s 72% complaints and concerns are handled mainly by Ireland, Germany, Spain, Netherland, France, Sweden, and Luxembourg.

The ICCL discovered that DPC had been underfunded for years, regulatory management formed a structural development that was much needed to match the regulatory level. New law enforcement, taking fines and taxing may solve the issue, but every company must follow the global rules and respect data protection in the long run. Some mandatory changes in the laws may come, too, as there seems to be loopholes.


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