Schrems letter turns up heat on Data Protection Commissioner

There is a pressing need for the regulator to act quickly and effectively to dispel criticism

Max Schrems is Austrian lawyer and data privacy activist. File photograph: Getty

Max Schrems is Austrian lawyer and data privacy activist. File photograph: Getty

The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has, for many years now, fought a rearguard action on charges that it is slow and toothless when it comes to big tech.

Sometimes, this criticism is implicitly shot through with the suggestion that Ireland’s FDI-focused industrial policy makes it an unsuitable regulator of these firms: sometimes, niceties are dispensed with, and it’s just done explicitly.

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