Minister: Ireland will resist EU plans for massive data protection penalties

Government worried about impact on Irish-based international tech companies

15th April, 2015
“Any commentary that would suggest that regulatory failings in the banking sector for example, that any parallels that are sought to be found there, I think that would be unfair and inaccurate,” he said.Dara Murphy, Minister of State for Data Protection Feargal Ward

The government is concerned about the impact of the measure on the many technology companies based here, which include Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple.

Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy said that the fines should take into account how many people were affected and whether the company had notified the Data Protection Commission in time.

“We believe that fines should be proportionate. We feel that some of the suggestions to date about percentages...

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