Meta will allow European users to opt-out of targeted ad tracking
The US tech giant is yielding to EU pressure to comply with privacy laws, because the alternative is to pay a hefty fine.
This week Meta announced that it will allow Facebook and Instagram users in Europe to request an exemption from the platforms' data collection system, which Meta uses to targ... Read more
Irish data regulator: ‘EU-US pact could arrive too late for Facebook’
The Irish privacy watchdog has had Facebook in its sights for over a year, and a decision looms.
A new Data Privacy Framework (DPF) designed to facilitate the safe transfer of EU citizens' personal data to the US may come into effect too late to save Facebook from a suspension of its transatlan... Read more
Regulator fines WhatsApp €5.5 million for GDPR violation
Ireland's data protection authority slapped WhatsApp with a €5.5 million fine. The Meta subsidiary is accused of illegally processing personal data.
Earlier this month, Meta was fined €390 million for years of GDPR violations. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) ruled that Meta used a... Read more
Meta fined €390 million for data processing in personalized ads
Ireland's data protection authority fined Meta €390 million for illegal data processing in personalized ads on Instagram and Facebook. The verdict puts the tech giant's ad revenue at risk.
Meta's European headquarters are located in Ireland. The Irish data protection authority oversees the org... Read more
Ireland to look into Twitter’s data breach affecting 400M+ users
Ireland's privacy authority stated today that it would investigate a newly discovered data breach that might affect over 400 million Twitter users.
The DPC, or Data Protection Commission, is already looking into the corporation for a past incident. In the latter case, which occurred in November,... Read more
Ireland fines Meta for 500 million user data breach
Meta received a €265 million fine from the Irish Data Protection Commission. According to the regulator, the tech giant took insufficient measures to prevent a data breach between 2018 and 2019. The personal data of more than 500 million Facebook users ended up on the street.
The data was pub... Read more
Irish government seeks to ease fears amid tech sector job cuts
Despite recent layoffs, the country has a strong pipeline of foreign investment lined up, Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday
He added that the government expects "many positive announcements" in the coming months. Varadkar is trying to ease fears due to a recent round of tech-sect... Read more
Irish watchdog moves to convict Yahoo of illegal cookie tracking
The Irish Data Protection Authority (DPA) wants to convict Yahoo of AVG/GDPR violations. According to the watchdog, Yahoo's websites offered insufficient options to refuse cookie tracking in recent years.
Yahoo has been under investigation by the Irish DPA since 2019. The watchdog wants to conv... Read more
Irish government seeks to ban ‘high risk vendors’ from the Internet
Amendments to an Irish telecoms bill could be aimed at excluding Chinese companies.
The Irish government has amended its Communications Regulations Bill 2022 to include additional provisions that could be used to ban certain companies from trading on the Internet. The bill was designed to incorp... Read more
Liz Truss announces new UK vs EU case ahead of Northern Ireland debate
Liz Truss – the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom – sets off formal ‘dispute’ proceedings with the EU over UK access to European Union science programs.
British foreign secretary Liz Truss, has sparked formal ‘dispute’ proceed... Read more