Ireland, Luxembourg need more muscle to police tech giants, EU report says

A European Union report stresses the fact that Ireland and Luxembourg, the EU headquarters of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, need to increase the resources to deal with data breaches by U.S. tech giants.

Věra Jourová (Czech Republic) – Vice president-designate – Values and Transparency (by European Parliament from EU, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Reuters saw the report by the European Commission and anticipates that it has the aim to assess the effectiveness of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduced in 2018.

GDPR establishes that companies need users’ consent before processing personal data and foresees fines for the violations. European Vice President for Values and Transparency, Vera Jourova has previously praised the rugulation as a compass to guide the EU into the digital age.

The report underlines how data protection agencies in the 27 Member States registered a 42% staff increase and budgets by 49% between 2016-2019, except for the case of Irish and Luxembourg governments.

The Irish watchdog has started a file on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp as well as Twitter, Apple, Verizon Media, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn and U.S. digital advertiser Quantcast.

The report invites the national watchdogs to start joint investigations in order to achieve more harmonised rules and approaches.

In this sense, enforcement is continuing to be a weak point, as underlined Eva Simon at the Civil Liberties Union for Europe.

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