The data protection DOs and DON’Ts during the COVID-19 crisis

You’ve no doubt come across dozens of articles advising you on how to cope during the COVID-19 crisis. However, it’s not only the physical and mental wellbeing of your staff that you need to look after but also your organisation’s ability to prevent security incidents. With employees working from home and no longer subject to the security protections that the office provides, it can be hard to … [Read more...]

Highlights from the Data Protection Commission’s 2020 GDPR report

On 20 February 2020, Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) published its second Annual Report under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), and the first covering a full calendar year of the Regulation.  Detailing the DPC’s work in 2019, the report revealed that last year:  7,215 complaints were received – a 75% increase on 2018 (4,113 complaints) and a staggering 173% increase … [Read more...]

GDPR – maintaining compliance and Brexit

In our final blog, GDPR – One Year On, Alice Turley examines the impact of the GDPR maintaining compliance with the Regulation, and the effect of Brexit on the Regulation.     Key messages from the DPC The Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland held a conference on 31 March 2019 focusing on data breach notifications and risk assessments. Among those speaking was Niall Cavanagh, … [Read more...]

GDPR in Ireland – the facts and figures

In this excerpt from GDPR – One Year On, Alice Turley discusses the impact of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in Ireland.    Data breach notifications in Ireland  Figures from the DPC’s (Data Protection Commission) first annual report show that a total of 4,740 valid data breach notifications were received in 2018. This is a 70% increase on the 2017 figure of 2,795.  There … [Read more...]

From pandemonium to fines – a review of GDPR enforcement in Europe

Do you remember the Y2K bug in the run-up to the new millennium? Warnings that computer systems and networks would stop functioning on 1 January 2000 led to panic and pandemonium as people prepared for its impact.   In some ways, the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was reminiscent of the Y2K scare.  Despite the two-year transition period, a lot of organisations left … [Read more...]

An overview of the GDPR with Alice Turley, data protection expert

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which came into effect on 25 May 2018, places obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection.   What is personal data?  Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (data subject). The GDPR places much stronger controls on the processing of special categories of personal data … [Read more...]