Frustration with GDPR bottleneck in Ireland

VINCENT MANANCOURT writing for Politico:

So far, officials at the EU level have put up a dogged defense of what has become one of their best-known rulebooks, including by publicly pushing back against calls to punish Ireland for what activists say is a failure to bring Big Tech’s data-hungry practices to heel.

Now, one of the European Union’s key voices on data protection regulation is breaking the Brussels taboo of questioning the bloc’s flagship law’s performance so far.

“I think there are parts of the GDPR that definitely have to be adjusted to the future reality,” European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski told POLITICO in an interview earlier this month.

What’s wrong with the GDPR?

The main complaint appears to be that the Irish Data Protection Commission (which handles most big-tech privacy complaints) is overworked and slow.

Otherwise there appears to be a sense that things haven’t quite worked out as hoped, whatever that means.

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