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Europe’s Courts Decide: Does U.S. Spying Violate Europe’s Privacy?

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).

Source: Europe’s Courts Decide: Does U.S. Spying Violate Europe’s Privacy?

Human rights watchdog seeks details on Ireland surveillance data sharing

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.

Source: Human rights watchdog seeks details on foreign surveillance

Irish Court Reviews U.S. Surveillance Developments

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.

Source: EPIC In Court: Irish Court Reviews U.S. Surveillance Developments

Preparing for the GDPR: A first look at the Irish Data Protection Bill

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.

Source: Preparing for the GDPR: A first look at the Irish Data Protection Bill Mason Hayes Curran

What will the next Irish Data Protection Act say?

The General Data Protection Regulation is an EU Regulation, which means that it has direct effect inside (and indeed outside) the EU. Member States do not have to do anything further in order for the GDPR to apply on May 25, 2018. However, the GDPR allows EU Member States to adapt some of its provisions; other provisions such as the imposition of fines and other sanctions may require some statutory procedures in order to be fully effective. Therefore Ireland, like other EU Member States, will amend its national data protection laws to take account of the GDPR.

Source: What will the next Irish Data Protection Act say?

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