DUBLIN – Twitter GDPR draft decision

Social media platform Twitter could be the first global tech giant to face a penalty from Ireland’s data protection authority (DPA), after the country’s data protection commission (DPC) submitted a draft decision on a data breach by Twitter to other EU member states.

Under the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR), national authorities are required to send draft decisions on data breach inquiries to DPAs all across the bloc.  The views of other DPAs are taken into account as part of any final decision.

On Friday evening (22 May), Ireland’s DPA Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle said that this was one of several significant developments in terms of recent inquiries into big tech firms. 

“In addition to submitting this draft decision to other EU supervisory authorities, we have this week sent a preliminary draft decision to WhatsApp Ireland Limited for their final submissions which will be taken into account by the DPC before preparing a draft decision in that matter,” he said.

“The inquiry into WhatsApp Ireland examines its compliance with Articles 12 to 14 of the GDPR in terms of transparency including in relation to transparency around what information is shared with Facebook,” Doyle added. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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