Privacy law

ICCL targets big tech with German lawsuit against 'world's largest data breach'

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has launched a lawsuit in Germany aiming to end the practice of "real-time bidding" for online advertising – which it calls "the world's biggest data breach".

Published 17 June 2021

Barrister-led GDPR consultancy to invest £760,000 in Belfast

Barrister-led GDPR compliance consultancy has announced plans to invest over £760,000 in its Belfast office following support from Invest NI.

Published 2 June 2021

ECtHR: UK's bulk surveillance regime prior to 2016 was unlawful

The UK's bulk surveillance regime prior to 2016 was unlawful, but bulk surveillance in itself is not inherently unlawful, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled.

Published 25 May 2021

High Court: Facebook loses challenge to DPC’s draft decision on EU-US data transfers

The High Court has rejected judicial review proceedings brought by Facebook Ireland Limited seeking to quash a preliminary draft decision of the Data Protection Commissioner regarding EU-US data transfers.

Published 17 May 2021

MHC: Businesses most concerned about staff as source of data breaches

More than three-quarters of Irish businesses are most concerned about their staff being a potential source of data security vulnerability, according to a survey conducted by business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran LLP.

Published 5 May 2021

Data protection watchdog 'failing to enforce GDPR'

Ireland's data protection watchdog is failing to enforce the GDPR and is allowing "the biggest data breach ever recorded" to continue to happen, an Oireachtas committee will hear today.

Published 27 April 2021

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