European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Big Data Investment Requires Better Regulation

DATA PROTECTION—IRELAND

December 12, 2013

In a column for Independent.ie, Simon McGarr points out that Ireland Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes “regulates the combined personal data of billions of users of Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Apple and Twitter by virtue of their investments here.” McGarr expresses concern that the commissioner’s office has sent “signals that Ireland isn’t serious about the data industry and doesn’t understand what is really needed to attract long-term investment…” For a positive example, McGarr highlight’s the insurance regulatory regime in London—something he refers to as “world-class” as it provides businesses with certainty and financial rewards.
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