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Analysis: Tussle between Irish data watchdog and EU regulators raises questions over GDPR regime

The back and forth ahead of Meta’s move to a subscription model displays the weaknesses in the way Europe’s data protection rules are enforced

Meta had already told regulators it was planning to launch a new subscription model that it believed would bring it into compliance with the EU data protection rules

Europe’s data regulation agencies are at loggerheads – and once again, Ireland and Meta are at the centre.

Last Thursday, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), the overarching privacy regulator, published the details of a decision that had divided experts and regulators – a “ban” on certain behavioural advertising by Meta.

The decision sparked headlines in November that suggested Meta would have to stop harvesting EU users’ information on Facebook and Instagram – the substratum ...