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Posted by portugalpress on May 17, 2018

Portugal’s struggling data protection commission claims it is too broke to comply with GDPR, the controversial new EU regulation which comes into effect next week (May 25).

Indeed, it’s too broke even to pay salaries, says its president Filipa Galvão, who has been appealing for “an effective reinforcement of means” for over a year.

Galvão told MPs this week that once GDPR comes in her commission will be “practically obliged to close its doors” as it simply won’t be equipped to carry out imposed new duties.

What this means, for companies at least, is that the full horror of GPDR could be averted.

Standing for General Data Protection Regulation, the regime is already being universally panned as unenforceable, particularly as it hasn’t even been passed by many member state parliaments.

Due to being a regulation and not a directive, “it does not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation, and is directly binding and applicable” informs Wikipedia.

Business leaders are already predicting the regulation “will be a fiasco”.

To properly enforce GDPR (described in Portugal as “Lei da rolha” - the law of the bottle-stop), “tens of thousands of GDPR police and lawyers would be required all over Europe” said one who told us that the last time he heard Portugal’s data protection commission employed three people.

The regulations will also serve to protect the privacy of suspected criminals. Earlier this month, weekly paper Sol outlined GDPR, saying it will severely limit the work of court/ criminal journalists who will be “prohibited from identifying all those involved in judicial processes, including suspects in cases of corruption”.

If that is the case, practically every headline that makes it onto the streets will have to be reconsidered - even thrown out.

GDPR is designed to "give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU".

Carrying fines of up to €20 million for non-compliance, GDPR is meant to have prompted member states into passing new legislation. In Portugal’s case, the issue hasn’t even made it into parliament and once it does, it is likely to take several months of debate before anything gets close to national Statute books.

Opposition MPs within the centre-right CDS have already talked about ‘hearing’ the national press association, which has stated that in its opinion GDPR “puts press freedom at risk”.

Other member states too are reported to be "unprepared" for compliance as D-Day draws relentlessly closer.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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