What Did Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Say at IAPP’s Data Protection Congress?

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Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, gave the keynote speech during the closing session of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Data Protection Congress in Brussels.

Here are a few of the key takeaways.

No jurisdiction has all the answers to the challenges posed by the complex digital environment. We need to learn. Ubiquitous is an insufficient word to describe the importance of personal data in our lives. All or us in data protection need to be forthright about calling out the consequences of GDPR that are detrimental to people. Courts in other jurisdictions are not inclined to give remedies for de minimis damages. The expansionist application of GDPR can be balanced by looking again at the priorities of GDPR and reallocating resources of supervisory authorities.

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