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Irish Data Protection Commissioner to audit major social media companies

February, 2013


The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (the “DPC”) has stated his intention to carry out scheduled audits of major social media companies that have operations in Ireland. Commissioner Billy Hawkes said that many such companies had their European headquarters in Ireland and therefore they fell under his jurisdiction as Irish Data Protection Commissioner. He added that Ireland had a significant responsibility to the rest of Europe in this regard. Under the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003, the DPC has powers… Read more…