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Irish data chief finds Yahoo broke EU law in breach

Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) issued a statement that Yahoo broke EU law by failing to protect user information in Europe’s largest ever data breach that happened back in 2014. However, DPC issued no penalty against the company.

Source: Irish data chief finds Yahoo broke EU law in breach, issues no penalty – POLITICO

Irish DPA recived 1,300 GDPR queries

More than 1,300 “concerns or complaints” have been made to the Data Protection Commission since the General Data Protection (GDPR) became law last month, while firms have logged 60 breaches of people’s personal data with the watchdog.

Source: Data watchdog deals with 1,300 GDPR queries | Irish Examiner

New Irish Data Protection Act introduced to sit alongside GDPR

A new Data Protection Act has been introduced into law in Ireland to sit alongside the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The new Irish Data Protection Act, passed by the Irish parliament earlier this month and subsequently signed into law by Irish president Michael D. Higgins, replaces existing data protection legislation and addresses matters left to the competency of national governments by the GDPR.

Source: New Irish Data Protection Act introduced to sit alongside GDPR

Irish Data Protection Bill in Final Committee Stage Before the Irish Legislature

On May 16, 2018, the Irish Data Protection Bill 2018 entered the final committee stage in Dáil Éireann (the lower house and principal chamber of the Irish legislature). The Bill was passed by the Seanad (the upper house of the legislature) at the end of March 2018.

Source: Irish Data Protection Bill in Final Committee Stage Before the Irish Legislature

EU Regulator Discusses Enforcement Priorities for the GDPR

On March 27, 2018, Helen Dixon, the data protection commissioner for Ireland, outlined the enforcement priorities of the Irish data protection authority (DPA) for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) during the International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

The Irish DPA has been ramping up its compliance capabilities for the GDPR and will undoubtedly serve as the lead DPA for GDPR enforcement for numerous U.S. companies that are headquartered or have locations in Ireland.

Source: EU Regulator Discusses Enforcement Priorities for the GDPR | Ogletree Deakins

GDPR: What will happen on May 26? 

By now, the GDPR hysteria has seemingly hit a fevered pitch. You’re either ready for it or you’re sweating. The focus has shifted from “What does the GDPR mean?” toward “What will happen to me on May 26?”

At the Privacy Bar Forum’s event at the Global Privacy Summit last week, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon and Covington & Burling’s Henriette Tielemans were on hand to give lawyers in the room a heads up on what to expect.

Source: What will happen on May 26? We asked Helen Dixon

Irish government departments may face €1m fines for data breaches

Government departments and other public bodies may face regulatory fines of up to €1 million for breaching people’s data protection rights after a Government plan to exempt them from fines was reversed in amendments to legislation before the Oireachtas.

The Data Protection Bill 2018 had proposed to exempt public bodies from fines by the Data Protection Commissioner when a new EU regulation giving the office stronger enforcement powers comes into effect in May. Such bodies would have been exempt save where they were acting in competition with a body in the private sector providing similar services.

Source: Government departments may face €1m fines for data breaches

Irish Data Bill would ‘create free-for-all’ for harvesting data on political views

Legislation currently before the Oireachtas would create a “free-for-all” for organisations to set up shop in Ireland and to influence elections with impunity, data protection experts have claimed.

It is alleged US firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission in 2014, and that this ultimately enabled it to exploit the social media activity of millions of American voters ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016.

Source: Data Bill would ‘create free-for-all’ for harvesting data on political views

One third of directors concerned about the cost of GDPR

32% of company directors say their organisation only began preparing for the new General Data Protection Regulation in the last three months.

And 12% of companies just began preparations within the last month for the new regulations, which take effect on May 25.

This is according to a new survey from the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Source: One third of directors concerned about the cost of GDPR

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