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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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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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