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Complaints against Irish DPA's lack of action against Facebook

22 May, 2013

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Deutsch: Beschwerden über die Untätigkeit der irischen Datenschutzbehörde in...

Ireland’s data protection authority, ODPC, seems to be deaf to citizens’ complaints against Facebook. According to the non-profit association "Europe versus Facebook", during the last two years, there have been about 1 000 complaints against Facebook which have not actually been processed by the Irish Data Protection Authority.

The association has made 22 complaints for which it has received only "non-binding reports" with shallow useless text. There has been no critical investigation and no in depth review of Facebook’s submissions. The authority responds to complaints only with standardized e-mails and apparently, ignores entirely any requests for formal decisions.

In a case taken against Facebook, the "" group has also complained that it has been refused access to files and evidence.

Therefore five MEPs of several political groups submitted on 25 April 2013 a series of parliamentary questions to the European Commission in the matter. The questions included the following:

1. How many complaints has the Commission received under file number CHAP (2012) 01144? How have these complaints been followed up and dealt with in the Commission?

2. How does the Commission monitor the uniform transposition of the data protection provisions under Directive 95/46/EC in the Republic of Ireland and in the other Member States?

3. Does the Commission take the view that the aforementioned data protection provisions are transposed to the same extent in the various Member States?

4. What are the consequences of the proposed data protection package for the work and budget of the data protection authorities?

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