Privacy law

Leo Moore: Verifying the identity of a data subject

William Fry partner Leo Moore examines what is reasonable and proportionate to request from an individual in order to verify their identity.

Published 13 April 2021

Data protection watchdog handled over 10,000 cases in 2020

Ireland's data protection watchdog handled over 10,000 cases last year, a nine per cent increase on the previous year.

Published 26 February 2021

European Commission expected to approve UK-EU data transfers

The European Commission is expected to decide this week that data protection standards are high enough in the UK to allow personal data transfers between the UK and the EU to continue.

Published 17 February 2021

Enforcement of GDPR in Ireland undermined by delays to IT project

The Data Protection Commission's (DPC) ability to enforce GDPR rules in Ireland has been undermined by years-long delays to a crucial IT project, privacy campaigners have warned.

Published 9 February 2021

Seán O'Donnell: A child-oriented approach to data processing

Seán O'Donnell, partner at ByrneWallace, examines the 14 principles underpinning Ireland's regulator's approach to data processing.

Published 26 January 2021

Four in ten Irish businesses did not update cookie policies last year

Four in ten Irish businesses made no changes to their cookie policies last year following new guidance from the Data Protection Commission, according to a new survey by Mason Hayes & Curran LLP.

Published 25 January 2021

Ireland has one of highest rates of data breaches in EU

Ireland has one of the highest rates of data breaches in the EU, according to a new report from global law firm DLA Piper.

Published 19 January 2021

Twitter fined €450,000 following landmark watchdog inquiry

Ireland's data protection watchdog has imposed a €450,000 fine on Twitter following a landmark inquiry regarding a data breach.

Published 15 December 2020

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems takes on Apple over user-tracking

Apple is in breach of European privacy law by tracking iPhone users without their consent, privacy activist Max Schrems has said.

Published 17 November 2020

Andrew Desmond: Data Protection Commission finds prison security system in breach of GDPR

Andrew Desmond, associate at William Fry, examines a recent investigation by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Published 5 November 2020

Privacy watchdog to bear 'very heavy financial burden' in Schrems II case

Ireland's data protection watchdog is set to bear a "very heavy financial burden" after a judge ruled that it should pay costs in the landmark case brought by privacy campaigner Max Schrems which led to the striking down of the US-EU Privacy Shield agreement.

Published 2 November 2020

Data protection watchdog continues to suffer 'indefensible' underfunding

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) continues to suffer from "indefensible" underfunding, a privacy expert has said.

Published 14 October 2020

Privacy activist Schrems challenges DPC probe of Facebook EU-US data transfers

Privacy and data rights activist Max Schrems has brought a High Court challenge in Dublin aimed at halting the Data Protection Commissioner's probe into Facebook Ireland's transfer of data to its US-based parent.

Published 13 October 2020

Data transfers between UK and EU 'in jeopardy' after Brexit

Personal data transfers between the UK and the EU after Brexit are "in jeopardy" because the UK's privacy watchdog does not meet strict EU standards, privacy experts have warned.

Published 12 October 2020

Facebook plays down suggestions it will leave EU over data transfer ban

Social media giant Facebook has played down suggestions that it will withdraw from Europe despite suggesting in an Irish court filing that it may have to.

Published 24 September 2020