Privacy & Data Security

How Your Businesses Can Work Towards GDPR Compliance

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GDPR Compliance: Your Journey The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. Compliance with this EU-wide new data protection and privacy law is going to be critical for both small and large businesses over the next 12 months. Th GDPR is a big change in the EU data protection and privacy […]

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 […]

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

Legal issues in offshore outsourcing of services

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There are a number of commercial risks and legal issues with offshore outsourcing that all organisations should be aware of prior to signing an outsourcing contract. What is offshore outsourcing? In an offshore outsourcing model, a company engages a service provider to perform business functions (for example, call centres for a telecommunications company or claims […]

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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 […]

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing contract: 8 clauses to beware

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Cloud computing contracts are big news. Previously, I examined some techniques and tactics that customers can use to help them when negotiating cloud computing contract clauses with vendors.  However, it may not always be possible to negotiate your cloud computing contract if the vendor is a large company, or is offering you an ‘off-the-shelf’ product. […]