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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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At the end of another compelling football season punctuated with some notable off-the-field incidents like the Leeds United ‘spygate’ incident which resulted in a hefty fine, it turns out that La Liga (the Spanish football league) has been punished for alleged unwarranted surveillance. The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) has fined La Liga €250,000 […]

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As published on www.bizplus.ie: In the lead up to commencement of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on 25th May 2018, there was a mix of concern, panic and scepticism about the advent of a new era for data privacy. By 25th May 2018, most people had heard of GDPR, some understood its key focus […]

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AT A GLANCE On 28 February 2019, the Irish Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) released its first annual report (the “Report”) under the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The Report relates to the period of 25 May – 31 December 2018, and details a dramatic rise in the number (and complexity) of complaints and queries […]

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It’s Data Protection Day 2019. What a year it’s been for the privacy community. 2018 began with companies completing compliance preparation or ramping up, ahead of the GDPR coming in on 25 May. Turning to the Irish DPC’s report for the early part of 2018 – and data subject access requests still make up a […]

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It was only a matter of time before we would see the European regulators flex their muscles under the GDPR to impose huge fines on businesses – and to a large degree, it is no surprise that a large tech company has been the first to face a fine of this scale. On 21 January […]

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For many businesses, the international transfer of data is a critical part of day-to-day operations. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) protects individuals’ personal data in this regard, meaning organisations cannot transfer personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) unless certain safeguards are in place.  We explain below the permitted transfer mechanisms:   Is […]

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It remains to be seen whether the UK will ‘crash out’ of the EU if and when it eventually leaves. At the time of writing, the exit date has been rescheduled for  12th April, 2019. Should Brexit happen, the UK will become a ‘Third country’ for the purposes of EEA personal data transfers. This means […]

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