January 6, 2019
Senior Policy Manager and EU Principal for Mozilla, a company known for its point of view on secrecy and open internet, Raegan MacDonald has said that she believes that 2019 will see enhanced resources poured into the implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
In stating to the fact that there has, as of yet been no financial penalties applied under GDPR she said that she supposes this to alter in the very near future. Addressing to TNW she said: “We haven’t seen the big penalties imposed just yet. But I suppose that if 2018 is the year of application, 2019 will be the year of execution.”
MacDonald went on to state that she feels the complete effect of GDPR has not yet been felt and that firms are just doing the minimum to make it look like they are complying, or making struggles to comply, to the new law. She said: “While it is early, I have not yet seen that effect, even though some progress is being made. Many businesses have revised their secrecy plans and generated tools to give users more control, such as methods to request that their data be erased. Many businesses seem to be deciphering GDPR as narrowly as possible. I’m worried that secrecy is still by default put at risk without users knowing or having meaningful control.”
Nevertheless, MacDonald is of the view that the recognition of this ‘superficial’ tactic is about to modify as the local Data Protection enforcement organizations in each EU member state become more acquainted with the law and how it is to be applied. She said: “Beginning in 2019, I suppose this ‘grace period’ to finish, where firms will either shape up or face severe penalties by watchdogs. Laws are only as strong as their application, and we are encouraged by the truth that a lot of data protection authorities are beginning to closely inspect the underwhelming execution measures taken by some businesses (and the thousands of grievances filed).”
She said that her firm would like to see greater authority be given to users in relation to the administration of their secret data, “Mozilla strongly trusts that users must be given meaningful control, not just tools buried in secrecy notices or deep within settings menus. And eventually, we need strong implementation in Europe against those businesses that aren’t honestly delivering on the rules in the GDPR.”