Regulators in Europe are once again investigating Facebook as CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushes for privacy to convince political figures that he means business when it comes to privacy. The Commissioner for Data Protection in Ireland, Helen Dixon, is now saying “it is all going to remain to be seen” if the Facebook CEO is serious about privacy and security.
Dixon said, in an article on CNBC, that the Data Protection Commission (DPC) is conducting investigations into Facebook and it has become clear that there have been 12 different investigations into Facebook. Asked if the DPC has been in talks with their US counterparts, the FTC or Federal Trade Commission, the answer was that there have been conversations but the Commissioner would not say much more.
Because there are so many tech firms with European Headquarters in Ireland, the Irish DPC supervises the firms through the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. In addition to a series of investigations conducted on Facebook, the DPC has launched a total of 20 investigations into the practices of multinational tech tech companies such as Apple, Google, Twitter and others. Mr Dixon said that she is welcoming a debate over privacy and on-line bullying.