Ireland to weaken GDPR enforcement in all EU


Source: Radiobruxelleslibera

What is happening now in the Parliament in Dublin? An out-of-the-blue amendment (section 26A) introduced by the Minister of Justice to a general procedural law would aim to make records, reports and information of the DPC trials highly confidential, making those who allowed their disclosure liable to criminal penalties. It would be up to the DPC to identify reserved matters and persons liable for that. Remarkably, the rule could also apply to the participants in the process, including claimants, i.e. those who brought the Big Tech on duty before the regulator. It follows that a person whose data has been violated by Google, Meta or Tik Tok could not speak publicly about his case, under penalty of being indicted before the Irish courts. In most cases such a person would be a citizen of country other than Ireland but who for procedural reasons was obliged to take the case to Ireland.

The incredible Irish legislative proposal seems aimed at neutralizing Max Schrems, the Austrian activist who has built a career by initiating a barrage of proceedings based on the GDPR against Big Techs and from which substantial fines have resulted (most recently those against Meta on personalised advertising as well as on the transfer of European data to the United States). Schrems has not only filed judicial cases, but has also created an organization that campaigns on ongoing proceedings, bringing to public attention the fact that the DPC itself is not as fast and efficient as its role would expect in pursuing Big Tech.

In short, there is something rotten in Dublin and the problem will soon arrive in Brussels as well as in other European capitals, increasingly impatient with how Ireland interprets its role as European hub of the GDPR.

Continua qui: Ireland to weaken GDPR enforcement in all EU – radiobruxelleslibera

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