EU Law

GDPR Ready? Irish Companies Unprepared for Changes to Data Protection Laws

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This article was originally published in the Irish Independent on 27 April 2017. Experts have warned that Irish organisations aren’t GDPR ready and urgently need to prepare for the tough new data-protection laws which come into effect next year. Much of the preparatory work will fall on lawyers. The legal profession has an uphill struggle in making […]

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Data Protection: Why the GDPR changes everything – Part 2

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In Part 1, I described what the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is. The GDPR is the new EU-wide data protection and privacy legislation that comes into force across the EU in May 2018. Part 1 also discussed the first step an organisation should take on the road to GDPR compliance. Step 1 is an assessment of […]

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Data Protection: Why the GDPR changes everything – Part 1

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What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on the 25 May 2018. The GDPR marks a significant change in the EU data protection and privacy regime, with some calling it the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The GDPR will repeal and […]

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Post Brexit Ireland: 5 to reasons to invest and setup in Ireland

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Post Brexit Ireland Post Brexit Ireland is an interesting place. IDA Ireland is the government body responsible for attracting foreign direct investment into Ireland. The IDA helps foreign companies setup in Ireland. It brands the country as “one of the best places in the world to do business“. Is this true? And if so, does the UK’s […]

Contract Law

How safe is the EU/US Safe Harbor in Ireland?

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The EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EU (which is transposed into Irish law by the Data Protection Act 1988 – 2003) provides that organisations transferring personal data from Ireland (or from anywhere in the European Economic Area) to countries outside the European Economic Area must ensure that recipient country provides an ‘adequate’ level of data protection. (The European Economic […]

Contract Law

Locking Horns: The Differences Between Jurisdiction and Governing Law

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Number 1 Takeaway: Jurisdiction and governing law clauses address different things Jurisdiction and governing law are different. Because of the differences between jurisdiction and governing law, parties should draft them clearly and ideally in separate clauses in a contract. But what exactly are the differences between jurisdiction and governing law clauses? In this article I will […]

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Best Governing Law For Technology Contracts

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Where can I sue and what law will apply? The effect of the terms of a contract and how they are interpreted can differ a lot depending upon which country’s laws govern them. All commercial entities want to select the best governing law for their contract and make sure that their disputes are heard somewhere that is convenient and pro-business. Parties […]

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General Data Protection Regulation: New EU Law In Context

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The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will govern data protection and privacy on a pan-European basis is going to be game changer. “According to some estimates, the value of European citizens’ personal data has the potential to grow to nearly €1 trillion annually by 2020.” European Commission Memo, 12 March 2014 Current […]