• The EU’s privacy regulator is aiming at making major tech-related decision this year.
  • Big tech companies are liable to antitrust suits and pay huge fines if they are found to be guilty within the EU region.
  • Privacy advocates are urging authorities to take quick decisions concerning tech companies.

The privacy regulator of the European Union anticipates a more efficient regulation of large tech firms. It hopes to make major decisions in the coming year while disproving any claims of reluctance. The regulator that oversees Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. along with Google Inc.’s Google has It was pointed out they’re on the right the right track to address multiple privacy concerns.

The head of Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, Hellen Dixon, recently suggested that her office may be making more draft decisions in the coming year.

She also said that the commission could have about half of the pending privacy cases involving large tech companies resolved in over the next year.

According to Dixon the pipeline appears to be steady and is on track to create terms for the settlement of the claims. Mrs. Dixon is among the most renowned privacy regulators. She is the head of the data commission, which is charged to enforce the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The commission is responsible for regulating companies that have regional headquarters in Ireland.

Multiple privacy cases for the desk of Ms. Dixon’s desk

In an interview in an interview, Mrs. Dixon stated that her desk is full of cases that involve large tech companies.

Two cases involve Facebook, one of the most popular social media services in the world. There are also five privacy issues – one involving Google and four that involve Facebook subsidiaries. They are all at her desk.

She says that the majority instances are in the process of being resolved. A final document will be presented to these firms for comments or feedback.

The commission presented the draft decision to WhatsApp which is among the most prominent Facebook subsidiaries in December. WhatsApp responded to a number of objections which the commission has been analyzing the similar. Mrs. Dixon said they expect to announce a final decision in the upcoming months.

Big tech companies are facing a slew of antitrust litigation

Google spokespersons acknowledged that the company received the report of Ireland’s investigation. In addition it will continue in cooperation until case is resolved. In contrast, Facebook remained mum regarding the cases.

Google and Facebook are facing more antitrust cases. They are also facing antitrust lawsuits from U.S. federal and state officials filed privacy cases that involve both companies. Amazon as well as Apple are being sued for antitrust violations within the EU. While at the same time there are more questions regarding the use of data by tech firms.

The GDPR suggests fines to be to these companies if they are found to be in breach. For example, Twitter Inc. settled with a fine of $547,000 in December of 2020 and related privacy matters. However, certain EU regions, including the privacy regulator in France, have fined a substantial amounts. The CNIL the French privacy regulator employed another law known as the ePrivacy directive, and fined Google along with Amazon.com Inc. a total of $163 million.

Mounting pressure for the Mrs. Dixon from privacy activists

Mrs. Dixon has received mounting pressure to make quick decisions concerning technology businesses in Ireland. However, she says that such cases are often delayed because they are involving a variety of aspects. This includes complex laws as well as time for businesses to make use of its legal right.

Privacy cases are viewed as having unrealistic expectations because of their nature. Therefore, it is difficult to close them quicker. In addition, Ireland’s draft decision need to be reviewed and finally approved in conjunction with others EU privacy regulators in any cross-border case. This is explained in the GDPR’s rules on power-sharing.

For instance the Twitter instance took as long as one year before the decision was finally made. The more significant fines are in the works with regards to the new rules that is coming to Ireland. The commissioner, Ms. Dixon highlighted such situations to defend the commission from privacy advocates who claim.

Facebook appeals to stop sending certain user’s data for its American servers

However Ms. Dixon’s office is engaged in a different battle with Facebook. The commission has yet to decide if Facebook should continue to transmit its EU-based user data into their U.S. servers.

A legal order that was issued to the company demanded Facebook to stop sending information to servers. This is a move to stop U.S. surveillance. However, Facebook continues to fight and rescind this ruling.