Apple under third privacy probe by Irish regulator

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) which is Apple Inc’s main regulator in European Union has opened another privacy investigation into the company, a DPC spokesman said last week.

The latest probe is the third one over the last few weeks that has been opened into the iPhone maker by the European regulator.

The current investigation will be examining the Apple’s compliance with the relevant provisions of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law while responding to an access request from a customer.

Under the privacy law of the GDPR, Apple allows its customers to download a copy of their data as well as an option of deleting it, if they want to do so.

The probe follows last year investigations into the Apple’s practices of processing personal data of consumers company use for targeted advertising on its platform and to assess the transparency of its privacy policy in the processing of that data.

Multinational technology companies having their European headquarters in Ireland came in the regulatory authority of the Irish DPC which has opened 20 investigations into those companies that came under its jurisdictions.

In those investigations, Facebook has been facing largest scrutiny which came under investigation in eight individual probes with one probe into Facebook- owned Instagram and two probes have been facing it’s another subsidiary WhatsApp.

Like Facebook and Apple, Twitter is also facing three different probes while three other probes including one each for Microsoft, Google and Quantcast, a U.S.-based digital advertising company, have also been under process at DPC.

EU’s Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) empowers the regulators imposition of fines on violating companies with an extent of up to 4% of the revenue a company has been making globally or an amount of up to 20 million euros ($22 million) whichever is higher.

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