Apple’s (AAPL.O) main regulator in the European Union, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), has opened a third privacy investigation into the iPhone maker over the last few weeks, a spokesman for the DPC said on Tuesday.
The probe is examining whether Apple has complied with the relevant provisions of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law in relation to an access request from a customer.
EU regulators have 20 investigations into tech companies, with over half of these investigating Facebook and its offshoots.
MacDailyNews Take: This makes absolutely no sense to us, given how easy Apple makes it for customers to check, verify and change any information the company holds about them.
As a champion of consumer privacy, Apple will take any required steps to continue to protect them, if it is found guilty at all. The case follows a complaint by an Austrian data privacy advocate in January.
Austrian data privacy activist files complaint against Apple, others for failing to fully comply with GDPR – February 18, 2019
Apple CEO Cook calls for U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation in TIME op-ed – January 17, 2019
Senator Marco Rubio introduces privacy bill to create federal regulations on data collection – January 16, 2019
Apple endorses comprehensive privacy legislation in U.S. Senate testimony – September 26, 2018
California’s data privacy law highlights growing frustration with tech industry – July 17, 2018
U.S. House Republicans demand answers from Apple, Google on privacy, data practices – July 9, 2018
California lawmakers approve data-privacy bill despite opposition from Google, Facebook, advertisers – June 29, 2018