European Data Protection Digest

Hawkes Discusses Public Concerns, EU Reg, More

DATA PROTECTION—IRELAND

January 9, 2014

The Irish Times reports on comments from Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes on the proposed EU regulation, the claims of “light-touch” regulation in Ireland and the public’s concern about accessing their personal information. Citing Hawkes’ comments at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels last month, the report suggests Hawkes does not view the proposed one-stop shop “with any great enthusiasm … However, as a good European, which I try to be, I do accept the logic of the one-stop shop and I will accept the consequences and the burdens that go with it.” Hawkes goes on to reject allegations of “’light touch’ regulation by his office,” and weighs in on the public’s concern over “the refusal or failure of organisations to give them access to their personal data.”
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