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- Researchers warn about risk of eating wild mushrooms
There is growing interest in collecting wild fungi in Ireland but this is not supported by an appreciation of the associated dangers, according to researchers. The issue constitutes a growing national health threat, wrote Dr. Douglas Hamilton and Dr. Gerard Meagher, from the department of public health, HSE Midlands in the first edition of Epi...
- The Privacy Officers’ New Year’s Resolutions
1. Brace yourself (for export turbulence) 2020 could well be a year of data export turmoil – so brace yourself! The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will determine the validity of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) (Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillan Schrems) whilst the General Court of the...
- Cláusulas Contractuales Tipo tras la Opinión del Abogado General en Schrems II: Válidas pero, ¿eficaces en la práctica?
“No es oro todo lo que reluce”: Es esta una advertencia que debe tener muy presente aquel que lea la Opinión del Abogado General Saugmandsgaard Øe (del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea en el caso C-311/18 Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II“), hecha pública el pasado 19 de...
- AG Publishes Opinion on the Validity of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses
On December 19, 2019, Advocate General (“AG”) Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe handed down his Opinion in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”). The AG’s Opinion provides non-binding guidance to the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) on how to decide the case. In brief, the AG recommended that...
- Advocate General gives opinion on Schrems II: an early Christmas present?
Today, the Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe (AG) published his opinion on a case brought by privacy rights activist, Max Schrems (C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems) (Schrems II). The case concerns the validity of the standard contractual clauses (SCCs). The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) press release...
- Survey finds 4 in 10 wash turkey before cooking despite danger
Almost half of people surveyed still wash their turkeys before cooking despite this practice being against food safety advice. Based on research in Ireland commissioned by the safefood organization, 43 percent of people wash turkey before cooking, which can spread food poisoning germs around kitchen surfaces, utensils, hands, and ready-to-eat foods. Even the smallest drop...
- ECDC report recognizes role of public in outbreak response
A European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control project has recognized the important role of the community in public health emergency preparedness and response. The report presents findings of a case study into outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) at childcare facilities in Ireland. It found affected communities are key in public health emergencies...
- UPDATE: AG Opinion in Schrems II Delayed
The Advocate General’s (“AG”) Opinion in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”), has been delayed until the 19th December 2019. (The original publication date was set for the week before, on the 12th December.) The primary question before the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), and the AG, in Schrems...
- New Regulations permitting Central Bank to restrict individuals’ data protection rights
The Minister of Finance has passed new Regulations, the Data Protection Act 2018 (section 60(6)) (Central Bank of Ireland) Regulations 2019, permitting data subjects’ rights under Articles 12-22 and Article 34, and controllers’ obligations under Article 5 GDPR, to be restricted to the extent necessary and proportionate to allow the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI)...
- Half of Salmonella infections in Ireland acquired abroad
More than half of Salmonella infections in Ireland last year were associated with international travel, according to a recent report. During 2018, 363 people had salmonellosis including 349 confirmed and 14 probable compared to 414 in 2017 based on figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases...
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine use rising in Ireland
Complementary and Alternative Medicine use is rising in Ireland, according to a new survey. The BBC reports on a survey by a group at the University of Ulster on use of therapies such as reflexology, acupuncture and herbal medicines was increasing: It found using such therapies was especially...
- The New Chief Justice Roderick Ireland – Good for Business?
In recent years, Justice Ireland has authored a number of opinions impacting business litigation issues in Massachusetts. Some notable business cases include:...
- So, who did not cook their Salmonella Tuna Scape?
I know, you thought it was sushi. Hat tip to Dr. Marion Nestle of New York University and Alan Reilly of Food Safety Authority of Ireland for noticing what was right before our eyes: Who would have known that you were supposed to cook Tuna Scape before you ate it? Perhaps the grocery stores and......
- Another Predator Priest Goes On A Cruise
The Daily Record in the U.K. published an article today about who it is describing as a “notorious pedophile priest . . . caught enjoying a luxury cruise among families with young children.” The article involves ex-Catholic priest Bill Carney who sailed on the P & O Ventura ship on a...
- Two Worldwide Hepatitis A Outbreaks
Friday, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported 10 cases of Hepatitis A all belong to genotype 1A linked to frozen berries. Italy is also currently experiencing an outbreak of Hepatitis A infection involving genotype 1A. At the start of year the Italian outbreak appeared to be...
- Shellfish Products Recalled in Ireland After Illnesses Reported
Seafood De La Mer, an Irish seafood-product manufacturer, is recalling products containing mussels due to a risk that mussels used in the products can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning. Symptoms of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain which can start...
- Unsurprisingly, U.S. Court Rules that Cloud Provider Must Produce Data Stored Abroad
On July 31, a U.S. District Court judge ruled from the bench that Microsoft could be forced to turn over customer emails in the context of a law enforcement investigation even though those emails were stored on servers located in Ireland. Microsoft had contested the government’s request, arguing...
- Food Safety Authority of Ireland Warns Consumers to Avoid Raw Milk
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is continuing to recommend a ban on raw milk sales in that country after the agency’s sampling program found harmful bacterial contamination. Between June 2012 and June 2013, FSAI tested 600 samples of unpasteurized, or raw, milk and in-line raw milk...
- Troutman Sanders Adds Partner with Seasoned Experience to Privacy and Financial Services Litigation Practices
Troutman Sanders LLP announced today that Ronald I. Raether, Jr. has joined the firm as a partner in the Orange County office and will play a significant role in both the firm’s Cybersecurity, Information Governance and Privacy and Financial Services Litigation practices. He joins the firm from...
- Where’s the Beef?: Locating the Situs of Injury for Jurisdictional Purposes in Cross-Border Copyright Infringement Cases
In spring 2015, plaintiffs Pablo Star Ltd. and Pablo Star Media Ltd., each a company organized under the laws of Ireland and the United Kingdom, sued the Welsh government and various content-providing companies for copyright infringement. At issue were two photographs of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas,...