May 28, 2019

Facebook facing most probes by Irish data regulator

PA Social media giant Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp have been the subject of most data investigations in the Republic of Ireland since the European Union's new data protection regulation came into force a year ago. So the responsibility for policing their compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation - which started in May 2018 - falls on the country's Data Protection Commission. "A Facebook spokesperson said:"We spent more than 18 months working to ensure we comply with the GDPR. "We made our policies clearer, our privacy settings easier to find and introduced better tools for people to access, download, and delete their information. We are in close contact with the Irish Data Protection Office to ensure we are answering any questions they may have." The General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May 2018 and gives EU citizens more rights over how their personal data is collected, used and stored. "Big tech is well and truly in the spotlight at the moment following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and other well-publicised data breaches," says Anthony Lee, data privacy expert and partner at law firm DMH Stallard.

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