EU regulator launches third Apple investigation

Investigation

The principle regulator for Apple in Europe, the Irish Data Protection Commission, has begun a third investigation into data privacy standards at the tech giant, a CNBC report reveals.

Speaking this week, a spokesperson for the Irish DPC confirmed that Apple’s compliancy with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go under examination for the third time in the last month.

On this occasion, the smart device manufacturer will have its response practice scrutinised in relation to a data subject access request (DSAR) from a customer.

The review picks up on an investigative thread from 2018, when questions were asked about Apple’s methods for processing personal information for targeted advertising. The regulator will now be looking closely at the standards embedded within Apple’s privacy policy and making sure the US firm ensures sufficient transparency when data handling.

Currently there are 20 Irish DPC investigations open into global tech firms who have their European headquarters based in the Emerald Isle. Facebook is under more stress than most, following a disastrous few years in data privacy.

Mark Zuckerberg’s firm currently faces eight cases, while its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp are up against three investigations between them.

No stranger to the social media poor-privacy party, Twitter is up against three separate probes, while LinkedIn also faces an investigation.


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