Sunday February 23, 2020

Data watchdog plays waiting game to smoke out tech giants

Helen Dixon and her office are taking a patient approach to their investigations into Google and Tinder

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

@emmetjryan
9th February, 2020
Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner, has launched two new investigations into Google and one into Tinder. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Last week’s announcement by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) of two new investigations into Google and one into dating app Tinder went almost unnoticed.

Understandably lost amid the wall-to-wall coverage of the election, these new investigations bring the total number being conducted by the DPC over potential general data protection regulation (GDPR) by multinational tech giants to 23.

The number that has been resolved or had findings published is zero. Patience...

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