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On 16 October the UK’s Information Commissioners Office (“the ICO”) confirmed it had imposed a fine of £20million (€22 million) on British Airways (“BA”) for processing personal data without having adequate security measures in place and leaving the personal details of more than 400,000 of its customers vulnerable to a cyber-attack which went undetected for […]

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The long awaited Irish COVID Tracker App was launched by the Health Service Executive in conjunction with the Irish Department of Health on the 6 July 2020. At the time of writing, it is reported that there have been one million downloads of the app since it went live. We published an article on 24 June […]

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Introduction Contact tracing apps are being developed globally in a bid to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 and re-open economies. We published an article on 22 April looking at contact tracing apps and the European Commission’s attempts to encourage a co-ordinated approach in the area of contact tracing. This article provides an update […]

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Introduction As the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in Ireland in March, measures were introduced here on a phased basis, after we all witnessed a series of similar measures implemented previously across Europe. EU member states took action to protect their citizens. However, from an EU wide perspective, it was clear that there […]

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In light of the recent developments due to the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses are faced with significant disruptions and challenges when trying to maintain their activity while at the same time follow unprecedented measures taken by the Irish government. When resources are stretched and the general organisation of the business must be remodelled on short […]

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AT A GLANCE On 20 February 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) released its second annual report (the “Report”) under the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The Report relates to the period of 01 January 2019 – 31 December 2019, the first calendar year of the operation of the GDPR and the Law […]

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Background On the 21 January 2020 the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK (the “ICO”) issued the Age Appropriate Design Code (the “Code”) – a code of practice that sets 15 standards that online services should reach in order to protect children’s privacy. The need for such a code is reflected in this statement from […]

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On the 17 December 2019 the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK (the “ICO”) issued its first penalty notice under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (the “GDPR”). Under the GDPR, the ICO carries out the same supervisory role in the UK as the Data Protection Commission carries out here in Ireland. The notice issued […]

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Black Friday is upon us once again and retailers have been gearing up for an increased flurry of sales. In recent years a practice has evolved of retailers offering customers the option to receive an electronic receipt at the check-out rather than handing the traditional paper receipt. Given that e-receipts are issued by email, some […]

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