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Big Tech’s Top EU Data Watchdog Hits Back at ‘Ludicrous’ Critics

  • Ireland’s Helen Dixon gives interview on pending data probes
  • Regulator has 27 cases into tech firms such as Apple, Facebook
Helen Dixon
Helen DixonPhotographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The head of Silicon Valley’s main privacy watchdog in Europe hit back at “ludicrous” comments from critics who complain it’s been too slow to rein in companies including Facebook Inc.

Just because someone resorts to social media to flag a possible breach of privacy law doesn’t mean her office should instantly “write up a letter and fine a company,” Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, told Bloomberg.