Saturday 21 July 2018

The Big Tech Show: A chat with Europe’s social media tsar

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon
Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Adrian sits down with Helen Dixon, the most powerful data protection enforcer in Europe.

Dixon talks about the factors and contexts involved in dealing with the likes of Facebook, Yahoo, Google and other big tech firms, which are based in Ireland.

The possible birth of a national identity card is also discussed.

In a frank exchange, Dixon also refutes the claim sometimes thrown by critics of Ireland’s data protection record, that it’s a bad thing for her office to act as a sounding board for Facebook when it wants to introduce new features.

And she also warns that the upcoming GDPR legislation will see some significant fines landing on companies who fail to comply.

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