Ireland’s data watchdog is the lead regulator for Google in Europe, because the ad giant’s European HQ is in Dublin.
The watchdog faces questions about whether it is up to the job, after dragging out an investigation into Google’s ad practices for more than a year.
The probe centers on allegations that Google processes and shares intimate data with third-party brokers in a way that breaches EU privacy rules.
Regulators across the EU have come under fire for having insufficient resources to uphold privacy regulation.
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The regulator tasked with policing Google in Europe is under pressure to prove it’s up to the job.
The non-profit Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has written to Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to ask if the Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is capable of acting on claims that Google violates EU citizens’ data privacy.