New Privacy Rules Could Make This Woman One of Tech's Most Important Regulators
Posted in: Government & Policy at 16/05/2018 20:38
As Europe implements a sweeping new data privacy law, Ireland is in the middle of a standoff between regulators and tech companies.
If Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t know who Helen Dixon is, he will soon.
From an unassuming townhouse in the Irish capital, Ms. Dixon, the country’s data protection commissioner, leads an agency that was once a bureaucratic backwater. Employees share offices and have few of the perks available in Facebook’s building nearby: The main free amenities here are water, coffee and tea.
Yet Ms. Dixon will soon gain vast new authority to investigate and fine Facebook, as well as an array of other technology giants with regional headquarters in Ireland. Amid increased concerns over online privacy, a sweeping new European privacy law could make her one of the world’s most consequential regulators.