Privacy law



Data protection laws drawing medical research 'to a halt'

Strict data protection laws are drawing medical research "to a halt", according to an umbrella group representing health research charities.

Published 20 September 2019

Doubt cast on whether Public Services Card can be fixed through legislation

Lawyers and opposition politicians have cast doubt on whether the flaws in the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme can be fixed through legislation.

Published 19 August 2019

Facebook to answer to data protection watchdog over human review of audio

Social media giant Facebook has been asked to provide more information to the Data Protection Commission about its now-suspended practice of handing user audio clips to external contractors.

Published 15 August 2019

Facebook ordered to pay unprecedented $5bn fine

Facebook has been ordered to pay a record-breaking $5 billion penalty by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for privacy violations following an investigation into its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Published 25 July 2019

ICO proposes to fine Marriott over £99 million for GDPR breach

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a notice of its intention to fine Marriott International £99.2 million for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Published 10 July 2019

Mason Hayes & Curran appoints Brian Johnston as privacy and data security partner

Mason Hayes & Curran has announced the appointment of Brian Johnston as a partner in the firm's privacy and data security team.

Published 5 June 2019

Supreme Court: Facebook loses appeal against decision to refer data protection case to CJEU

Facebook has lost an appeal against the decision to refer a complaint about EU-US data transfer to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling.

Published 4 June 2019

Rights groups join Apple, Google and Microsoft in calling on GCHQ to drop eavesdropping plans

A coalition of more than 50 civil rights groups, security experts and tech companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft have signed an open letter calling on GCHQ to abandon proposals for eavesdropping on encrypted conversations.

Published 30 May 2019

Helen Dixon reappointed as Data Protection Commissioner

The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, has been reappointed by the Government for a second five-year term.

Published 28 May 2019

Book on Irish data protection law published to coincide with GDPR anniversary

A new book on Irish data protection law, written by barrister Laura L. Keogh, has been published today to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Published 24 May 2019

Data Protection Commission launches inquiry into Google's processing of personal data

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has opened a statutory inquiry into Google Ireland's processing of personal data.

Published 23 May 2019

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon to appear before US Senate

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, will give evidence on data privacy in the digital age to a US Senate committee tomorrow morning.

Published 30 April 2019

Colum Kenny: We need to reboot contract law for the web

Colum Kenny, professor emeritus of communications at Dublin City University (DCU) and a qualified barrister, writes on the legal challenges posed by online privacy.

Published 3 April 2019

Vote Leave slapped with £40,000 fine for unsolicited text messages

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Vote Leave Limited £40,000 for sending out thousands of unsolicited text messages in the run up to the 2016 EU referendum.

Published 20 March 2019

Laura Keogh: The compatibility of the Public Services Card with the EU GDPR

Barrister Laura L. Keogh, author of Data Protection Compliance: A Guide to GDPR and Irish Data Protection Law, writes for Irish Legal News on the Public Services Card (PSC) - which contains an individual's name, signature, PPS number, card number and facial image - and its compatibility with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Published 7 March 2019