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People have no absolute right to fadas in names

Irish people don’t have an “absolute right” to have their names spelt correctly, the State data watchdog has ruled.

Ciarán Ó Cofaigh complained to the Data Protection Commission after medics refused to include the fada on his name because computer software does not allow for fadas. He alleges the Health Service Executive (HSE) was in breach of Article 16 of the GDPR that gives the right to people to have “inaccurate personal data” held by organisations corrected “without undue delay”.

Source: People have no absolute right to fadas in names, watchdog finds

Ireland received 136 cross-border complaints under GDPR by end of 2018

Ireland dealt with 136 GDPR One-Stop-Shop complaints from 25 May to 31 December 2018, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) says.

Under the GDPR, if a company’s main establishment is in Ireland, this ‘lead supervisory authority’ has primary responsibility for dealing with a complaint or an issue in cross-border cases lodged by individuals with other EU Data Protection Authorities. Ireland’s DPC is the lead supervisory authority for a broad range of US-based multinationals, such as Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Dropbox, Airbnb and LinkedIn.

Source: Ireland received 136 cross-border complaints under GDPR by end of 2018 – Privacy Laws & Business

Irish data protection authority has 15 open investigations on tech companies

The Ireland Data Protection Commission said in a report that as of Dec. 31 it had 15 ongoing investigations of multinational tech companies. Ten of the investigations were about Facebook or its subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp.

“The rise in the number of complaints and queries demonstrates a new level of mobilisation to action on the part of individuals to tackle what they see as misuse or failure to adequately explain what is being done with their data,” Helen Dixon, Ireland’s data protection commissioner, said in a statement along with the report.

Source: A European data privacy office has 15 open investigations. Ten are about Facebook.

Ireland’s DPA publishes annual report

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has published its latest annual report, which covers the period from 25 May 2018, when GDPR took effect, to 31 December.

The report highlights an increase in the number of data protection complaints to the DPC since the GDPR took effect. The number of complaints raised in the period totalled 2,864 compared to 2,642 for the whole year in 2017.

Source: GDPR spurs increased awareness of data protection

Irish watchdog issues ‘no deal’ Brexit data transfers guidance

Businesses in Ireland have been urged to ensure that their transfer of personal data to the UK in a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario is compliant with data protection law.

The guidance was issued by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland and highlighted the use of standard contract clauses (SCCs) endorsed by the European Commission as a means of ensuring compliance, but a data protection law experts have warned that the use of SCCs alone may not be sufficient for Irish company to demonstrate compliance.

Source: Irish watchdog issues ‘no deal’ Brexit data transfers guidance

EU DPAs urged to act against online ad auctions

Panoptykon Foundation, the Warsaw based digital rights organization, has joined in the complaints filed in the UK and Ireland in September by Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group, Michael Veale of University College London, and Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave.

Together, the complainants in Ireland, Poland, and the UK, have also filed new evidence today with the national data protection authorities of Ireland, Poland, and the United Kingdom, that reveals how ad auction companies, including Google, unlawfully profile Internet users’ religious beliefs, ethnicities, diseases, disabilities, and sexual orientation.

Full article: Update on GDPR complaint (RTB ad auctions)

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

The Data Protection Commission has asked for an urgent briefing with Facebook Ireland so it can assess the proposals, it said in a statement. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies.

Source: EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Irish DPA asks Supreme Court to uphold ruling in Facebook case

Facebook wants to alter High Court findings on issues concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels because it “doesn’t like them” and does not want them put before the Court of Justice European Union (CJEU), the Data Protection Commissioner has told the Supreme Court.

A core issue in Facebook’s appeal is whether there is any legal entitlement to appeal a referral to the CJEU.

Source: Facebook wants to alter findings because ‘it doesn’t like them’, court told

Irish Data Protection Advisory Releases Guidance on Data Consequences following ‘No Deal Brexit’

Guidance on what should happen with transfers of personal data to and from the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, following a possible ‘no deal’ Brexit has been published by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).

The organisation warned that Irish and Irish-based companies that manage private personal data will be required to ensure data being transferred to the UK is done so lawfully following a possible March 29 date the UK leaving the European Union. From that date, in the event of no exit deal being agreed, the UK must be treated as any other non-EU State and would not enjoy the existing free movement of data that it currently does.

Full article: Irish Data Protection Advisory Releases Guidance on Data Consequences following ‘No Deal Brexit’ – Compliance Junction

Irish Data Protection Commission Spokesperson Warns Agency will ‘Use Full Powers’ in 2019

A spokesperson for the Irish Data protection Commission (DPC) recently revealed in an interview that his organisation will be applying the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation much more stringently in 2019.

Head of Communications with the DPC, Graham Doyle, was speaking to TNW when he said that GDPR clearly had a massive impact in 2018 as it made people think more about how their personal data is managed. He referred to the increasing amount of GDPR incidents being reported as an indicator of this. In 2018 there were 3,500 breach notifications and 2,500 complaints, almost twice the 2017 figures. Doyle is happy with this as the DPC spends considerable resources on awareness as it considers educating businesses and the public to be key part of its role.

Full article: Irish Data Protection Commission Spokesperson Warns Agency will ‘Use Full Powers’ in 2019 – Compliance Junction

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