DPC set for fresh dispute with EU counterparts as it seeks order blocking new Meta inquiry

The Data Protection Commission has been told to increase its fines on Facebook and Instagram, and launch a new investigation

Irish data protection commissioner Helen Dixon: the DPC said the new investigation it had been ordered to carry out was ‘open-ended and speculative’. Picture: Bloomberg

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) will ask the EU’s supreme court to overturn an order from the bloc’s privacy regulator to launch a sweeping new investigation into Meta.

Ireland’s data watchdog, which is led by Helen Dixon, today announced it would seek an annulment action from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to stop what it called a “problematic” direction issued by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB).

The announcement was made in a statement confirming that the DPC was required to increase its fine as part of separate investigations into Meta’s Facebook and Instagram platforms.