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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission to appoint new commissioners

Last month, a pan-European data protection enforcement model was called by the head of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Wojciech Wiewiorowski to ensure consistent high-level protection of fundamental rights to data protection and privacy across the European Union

Two additional commissioners to Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, lead regulator in Europe will be appointed by the Irish government for tech giants Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Meta Platforms unit Facebook, Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp and Twitter Inc.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the appointments will support existing commissioner Helen Dixon and improve the commission’s ability to handle an increased workload and increasingly complex investigative requirements.

Because their European Union headquarters are in the country, Ireland regulates a number of large U.S. internet giants, but its DPC has been criticised for long, plodding investigations into big tech multinationals. Pressure has been building for a pan-European approach to data and privacy protection.

Including hitting WhatsApp with a 225 million euro fine last year, Dixon’s office has so far completed three investigations of multinationals under new EU privacy rules introduced in 2018.

Dixon said staffing at the regulator has increased from 27 in 2014 to 195 and the numbers needed to be increased more. However, she dismissed calls for another two commissioners to be appointed to speed up the processing of the backlog in cases.

“We don’t think a three-headed organisation will improve some of the issues that we have talked about in terms of perception of speed,” she said.

Last month, a pan-European data protection enforcement model was called by the head of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Wojciech Wiewiorowski to ensure consistent high-level protection of fundamental rights to data protection and privacy across the European Union.

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