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 […]

Government & Politics

Drone attacks legal? The US view on drone strikes

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Are US drone attacks legal? For over 15 years lawyers on both sides of the argument have been wrestling with the question of whether unmanned US drone strikes carried out on foreign soil are legal under international law. In August, the White House released a redacted version of President Obama’s policy on using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone […]

Government & Politics

Understanding the rise of Bernie Sanders, the ‘socialist’

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders for President? Can Bernie Sanders, the 74 year old independent Senator from the State of Vermont, become the next President of the United States? Sanders is one of two remaining candidates running for the Democratic nomination, along with former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. After winning five of the last six States in the nomination […]

Fintech

Fintech in Ireland: Investment and Innovation

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FinTech in Ireland

The text of this Fintech in Ireland article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of PaymentCompliance magazine and is reproduced here with permission. You can subscribe to PaymentCompliance here Introduction Since the 1980s Ireland has transformed itself into a global hub for technology and international financial services (IFS). In 2015 the Irish government published “A Strategy […]

EU Law

General Data Protection Regulation: New EU Law In Context

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General Data Protection Regulation

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 […]

Big Data

Big Data: Why Big Data is Big News

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Big Data is going to be a challenge for many companies in the immediate future. More than 37% of large companies surveyed indicated that they agreed with this statement. The drivers for managing and capitalising on Big Data are clear. For example, if the average Fortune 1000 company increased the usability of its data by […]

Cloud Computing

G-Cloud – New cloud computing contracting model for governments

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Cloud computing offers many benefits. It is scalable, flexible and, as both infrastructure and software can be hosted online, it helps reduce an organisation’s IT costs. In the age of austerity this final factor is perhaps the most important for government bean counters. Mark Adair considers some of key legal risks that cloud based solutions […]