Austrian data protection activist Max Schrems described Ireland’s approach to protecting data on EU citizens as a waste of Irish taxpayers’ money.
Mr Shrems has been invited to appear before the Oriachos Judiciary Committee on April 27 to discuss a complaint against Facebook’s user data policy, which has been in the hands of Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) Helen Dixon since 2018.
The DPC was invited to attend a meeting with Johnny Ryan, a senior researcher at the Irish Civil Liberties Council (ICCL), who described the Irish DPC as a barrier to EU data protection. “It will affect national status, employment and opportunities.”
A decade after Shrems filed his first complaint against Facebook with the DPC, and nearly three years after the last complaint against Facebook, Shremes told the committee that he believes the DPC has linked its data transfer case to unwanted legal entities.
“Ireland will lose its position as a major regulatory hub in the global digital economy if other member states start planning to avoid the CPD,” he said. “It will affect national status, jobs and opportunities.”
In a third written statement, Gerard Raden, Shremes’ lawyer in Dublin, said the DPC’s decision-making process was “not on purpose” because it prevented two-way communication on issues. Regulator questions.
“If this investigator does not accept the engagement, he will have to answer all the questions before him, regardless of the scope,” he added. “It’s a total waste of time and resources.”
Since most large tech companies have their European headquarters in Dublin, DPC has become a regulator of their pan-European data operations.
Oriya’s interest in syrup is due to the increasing attention of the European Parliament. Miss Dixon was invited to a meeting of the Parliamentary Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee last month. At the same meeting, Shri. Shremes also refused to attend because of a dispute between the parties over his presence.
She told the committee that she had reached her assessment even before talking to the DPC and that she had “been invited to participate in an exercise in an information gap”.
In the ensuing resolution, which received 483 votes in favor, 96 votes and 108 votes in favor, MEPs expressed concern that some CPD cases in 2018 had “not even reached the draft decision stage”.
The DPC said it had not yet responded to Oriya’s invitation.
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