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Tech Giants’ Top EU Privacy Watchdog Attacked Over Slow Pace

  • Privacy activist Max Schrems criticizes Irish data authority
  • Open letter urges EU action amid frustration over long probes
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Silicon Valley’s main data-protection watchdog in Europe came under attack from one of the region’s leading privacy advocates for taking too long to wrap up probes into Facebook Inc. and its Instagram and WhatsApp units.

Max Schrems’s group Noyb in an open letter on Monday called on European Union authorities to “take action” against the Irish Data Protection Commission, which has yet to issue any significant fines exactly two years after strict EU rules empowered the regulator to levy hefty penalties for serious privacy violations.