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Irish enforcement marks birthday of EU’s landmark GDPR, as China ponders privacy directions
29 May 2020 00:00
The decision by Ireland’s privacy regulator to take on Twitter marks an important moment in the history of the EU’s landmark GDPR privacy legislation, with the matter now in the hands of other European privacy watchdogs for their input. The case is significant because it tells us as much about how such investigations will be managed in the future as it does about Twitter’s alleged privacy breach. Meanwhile, China’s top legislative and advisory bodies have renewed calls for greater privacy safeguards, just as Beijing is considering two pieces of legislation designed to achieve just that.
Legislation on protection of privacy and personal data remains at the top of the agenda for members of a key Chinese policy advisory board.
As the EU marks the second anniversary of GDPR, large US tech companies should prepare for regulatory enforcement in the months ahead.
As the Irish privacy watchdog sends its Twitter probe off to EU counterparts for review today, it will doubtless hope for quick, constructive feedback.