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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

Irish Court Finds Data Retention Law Violates Human Rights

The Irish High Court has ruled that Ireland’s retention of telephone data violates European Law and the European Convention on Human Rights. The Communications Act, which requires all service providers to retain data for two years, is “general and indiscriminate.”

The Court also found insufficient safeguards for access to data, noting that the law did not require prior judicial and had few guarantees against abuse. The Court will now issue a final order to determine how the case will proceed.

Full article: Irish Court Finds Data Retention Law Violates Human Rights

Recommendations on processing data in the cloud

A recent report published by Ireland’s data protection watchdog provides a helpful reminder to businesses to take additional steps to secure personal information when processing it in the cloud, avoid the common pitfalls associated with technology-related data breaches and take advantage of cloud solutions securely.

According to the report, the majority of the technology-related breaches resulted from a data controller’s use of cloud-based environments hosted by third party cloud service providers.

Full article: Recommendations on processing data in the cloud

Irish Government Department Investigated in Possible GDPR Breach

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is being investigated for possible General Data Protection Regulation breaches in relation to the body’s data protection officer being prevented from successfully completing their work.

Digital Rights Ireland submitted the complaint following revelations that the secretary general of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection directed that amendments be made to to the department’s online privacy policy to delete a reference to its collection of people’s biometric data, not involving data protection officer in such decision.

Source: Irish Government Department Investigated in Possible GDPR Breach – Compliance Junction

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