Ireland is a ‘GDPR bottleneck’ that lets big tech off the hook

The architect of the EU law believes a centralised regulator with real teeth is required

Former EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding thinks the union must reform GDPR and centralise regulation. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Former EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding thinks the union must reform GDPR and centralise regulation. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

One of the functional pillars of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – and one of its most controversial – is the one-stop-shop mechanism.

This mandates that if someone wishes to bring a data-handling complaint to a regulator, the complaint is referred to the regulator in the country where the organisation at the centre of the complaint has its European base.

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