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Should you take a GDPR or DPO training course?

The introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has led to a surge in interest in data protection training courses.  Education is particularly important for anyone taking on the responsibilities of the DPO (data protection officer), a position that’s become a formal requirement for many organisations.  But how should you pursue training? Should you enrol on a DPO training … [Read more...]

Things to consider when processing biometric data

Biometric data is being used in countless systems these days. If you’ve ever used your fingerprint scan to unlock your phone or facial recognition software, then your biometric data is being processed.  But like any form of data, biometrics – i.e. information relating to individual’s physical, physiological or behavioural characteristics – are potentially accessible by malicious sources, and the … [Read more...]

Helen Dixon reappointed as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner for a second term

Helen Dixon has been reappointed as DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) until 2024 following government approval.   Announcing the decision, Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Justice and Equality, said: “Helen is internationally well regarded for her expertise in this area. This is a very important role as Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is the EU’s lead regulator for the many multinational … [Read more...]

Ireland’s DPC investigates Facebook over password breach

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook following the disclosure of a data breach affecting millions of users.  The social media giant announced in March that a routine security review at the beginning of the year found millions of user passwords stored in plaintext on … [Read more...]

Hospital patients’ medical notes found on Drogheda estate

Hospital notes on patients who attended Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth were discovered on a housing estate earlier this week.  The doctor handover notes, detailing the dates of birth, family situations, medical conditions and hospital wards attended of ten patients who visited the hospital’s emergency … [Read more...]

A 5-step guide to reporting data breaches under the GDPR

In case you didn’t already know, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires Irish organisations to report data breaches to the DPC (Data Protection Commission) within 72 hours of becoming aware of them.  This doesn’t only refer to cyber criminals breaking into your system. It applies to any kind of data breach – i.e. any time the confidentiality, integrity or … [Read more...]

Highlights from the Data Protection Commission’s first annual GDPR report

This week, the DPC (Data Protection Commission) published its first annual report under the GDPR covering the period 25 May to 31 December 2018. The report highlights a number of interesting statistics and year-on-year comparisons, most notably:   2,864 complaints received, bringing the total for 2018 to 4,113 complaints – a 56% increase on … [Read more...]

Results of Facebook investigation coming this summer, says DPC

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has said it will release the findings of its investigation into Facebook and several other high-profile tech companies in June or July. Commissioner Helen Dixon told Bloomberg: “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced.” The DPC began its investigation in October 2018, following consumer complaints … [Read more...]

Cork City Council, Park by Phone service breached

More than 5,000 people have been affected by a data breach of Cork City Council’s Park by Phone service. Although the reported breach occurred last Thursday and the relevant authorities were notified on Friday, it has come to light that the breach first occurred in May. Personal details such as car registration numbers, email addresses and mobile phone numbers have been compromised, but no … [Read more...]

How to register a DPO in Ireland

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). These organisations must register the details of their DPO with their relevant supervisory authority. Registering a DPO in Ireland In Ireland, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has released an online … [Read more...]