Brave accuses 27 European countries of not giving themselves the means to act for privacy

Brave accuses 27 European countries of not giving themselves the means to act for privacy

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Brave denounces the lack of human and financial resources necessary for data protection in Europe.

Supporting report, the Internet browser, which regularly takes a stand against Google’s practices, today denounces the low endowments made to national data protection agencies, and their inability to be able to apply the General Regulations on Data protection.

Brave ready to appear before the Court of Justice

The Brave web browser filed a complaint on Monday April 27 with the European Commission. The company accuses the Member States of insufficiently endowing their respective personal data protection authorities. Brave asks the Commission to launch an infringement procedure against the governments of the 27 … Or refer them to the Court of Justice of the European Union if necessary.

The request is based on Article 52 of the GDPR, according to which ” Each Member State shall ensure that each supervisory authority has the human, technical and financial resources, as well as the premises and infrastructure necessary for the effective exercise of its tasks and powers, including when it has to act. in the framework of mutual assistance, cooperation and participation in the committee

Hands tied to GAFA?

To support his action, Brave published a report. Its purpose: to present the technical and budgetary limits faced by the national personal data protection agencies (in France, the CNIL) to apply the GDPR.

According to the report, half of the European personal data protection agencies have a budget of less than 5 million euros. In addition, only five national agencies employ more than ten ” tech specialists

Nearly a third of European tech specialists work for a German Länder or for the federal agency for the protection of personal data Highlights Brave’s report. ” All other European countries are far behind Germany

Another worrying aspect of the report: the case of Ireland, which houses the European headquarters of large tech groups such as Facebook and Google. As the Irish Data Protection Board receives more and more complaints to be processed, its budget and staff have not kept pace with the increase in activity.

European officials responsible for the application of the GDPR do not have the capacity to investigate large tech groups Concludes the report.

Sources: TechCrunch, Brave


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