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Facebook, Google Targeted Among 19 Pan-EU Privacy Complaints

  • EU data chief Andrea Jelinek speaks in Bloomberg TV interview
  • These are first complaints received under EU’s new GDPR rules
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Andrea Jelinek, European Data Protection Board chair, discusses the EU’s GDPR enforcement efforts.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Google, Facebook Inc. and its apps WhatsApp and Instagram risk European Union privacy probes after being targeted among 19 cross-border complaints filed with regulators since tough new rules kicked in at the end of May.

The EU’s top privacy enforcer Andrea Jelinek, who’s leading the group of 28 national regulators, said she and her colleagues have already started looking into the complaints that were filed since May 25, when the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect. The goal won’t be to immediately wield their new fining powers, she said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.