12 October 2017 The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, published, on 3 October 2017, the general scheme of the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2017 (‘the Draft Bill’), following its approval by the Cabinet.
A report by the former chief justice John Murray has found that current data-retention legislation amounts to mass surveillance of the entire population of the State.
In a long-awaited decision on whether and how Europeans’ private data can be protected from the roving eyes of the NSA, the Irish Commercial High Court this morning declared that “standard contractual clauses” —the procedure that tech companies like Facebook use to try to satisfy European privacy laws—should be reviewed by the European Union’s top court, the Court of Justice (CJEU).
Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner published guidance on appropriate qualifications for a Data Protection Officers (DPOs) under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Austrian lawyer seeking court permission to take privacy case against social network.
Oireachtas committee told social media firms must identify whether users adults or children.
Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) – leading human rights watchdog – has asked the Irish government and security agencies to release details of how they share intelligence surveillance with other governments.
The Irish High Court has reviewed recent decisions by the U.S. surveillance court and a federal appeals court for a case on the legality of Facebook’s transfers of personal data from the EU to the United States. EPIC explained that the modifications to the NSA’s “Upstream” program were significant, but emphasized that the scathing rebuke of the NSA’s prior violations and “institutional lack of candor” show that there are not adequate limitations in the US on mass surveillance.
Last month, the Irish government published the General Scheme of the Data Protection Bill 2017 (the “Scheme”). This Scheme provides some insight into the Irish Government’s legislative intent and approach towards those provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) where Member States are afforded a margin of flexibility.