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A. Introduction On the 21st of April 2021, the European Commission set out their long-awaited ambitious proposal for the regulation of artificial intelligence (“AI”) systems (the “AI Regulation”). The aim of the AI Regulation is to set a wide-reaching standard for the harmonisation of ethical usage of AI in all its forms whilst strengthening the […]

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The recent development of new technologies relying on artificial intelligence (“AI”) across the world has shown the innovation, opportunities and potential value to society AI can undeniably bring. Partly due to the Covid crisis which encouraged the early adoption of automated processes, there has been a significant uptake of AI in recent times among businesses. […]

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Since 27 September 2021 organisations must implement the new Standard Contractual Clauses, adopted by the European Commission, when entering into new contracts which involve a cross-border transfer of personal data outside of the EEA. Since the reformulation of Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) adopted by the European Commission, and published in the Official Journal on 7 […]

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We are delighted to take part in VigiTrust’s Annual Global Advisory Board on May 27. The theme of this year’s session will focus on the state of data security and compliance in a pandemic world. Over 50 cybersecurity and compliance specialists including Eoghan Doyle and Hugo Grattirola from our corporate team will gather virtually to […]

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On 25 February 2021, the Irish Data Protection Commission (the “DPC”) released its Annual Report for 2020 (the “Report”), covering the period of 01 January 2020 – 31 December 2020. In a year which saw both the DPC’s staff numbers and its budget increase, the Commissioner for Data Protection, Helen Dixon, commented: “The progress the […]

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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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