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Ireland’s data protection chief says GDPR fines are ‘an inevitability.’

Helen Dixon told the Irish Independent that tech firms are set to be fined for GDPR breaches, saying Facebook's $5 billion FTC fine is "relevant" in determining Ireland's penalties.

"Fines are there to be punitive and give rise to deterrence. And deterrence is based on what's already in the [fine] landscape," she said, adding that "a fine is an inevitability at some point." Ireland's data protection agency is leading inquiries into Facebook, Apple, Google and Twitter, all of which have international headquarters in the country.

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