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- Irish Data Commissioner Discusses Schrems II, Enforcement and Consent
“I worry that we are caught in a DPA (Data Protection Authority) beauty contest of who issues the bigger fine,” said Ireland Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon in her keynote for Daniel Solove’s Privacy+Security Academy Fall Forum Keynote. Additional Key Takeaways I am hesitant to list our enforcement priorities because I don’t feel that we...
- Ireland: Employees Subject to Vehicle Tracking Must Be in the Know
Due to the importance of data protection law for employee monitoring practices, a careful and considered approach must be taken when potentially highly intrusive methods, such as tracking employee vehicles, are used. Employees must be informed of the existence of tracking and how it operates, as well as being clearly informed of all the purposes...
- First official guidance on international data transfers post Schrems II – German data protection authority publishes checklist and action items on international data transfers
The German data protection authority of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg (LfDI BW) has issued detailed guidance (Guidance) on international data transfers this August and September. This is the first official guidance by a data protection authority following the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Schrems II case...
- FSAI reviews 2019 work on food safety and fraud
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has reviewed the main activities of this past year which marked the agency’s 20th anniversary. The annual report covers enforcement, inspections, sampling, recalls, Brexit, and food fraud. FSAI also launched the authority’s 2019 to 2023 strategy and held a conference, “The Science of Food Safety – What’s our...
- Irish authorities probe salad link in crypto outbreak
Officials in Ireland are investigating an outbreak of cryptosporidium linked to a salad that has affected more than 40 people. The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Department of Public Health East was notified of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in the Dublin and Wicklow area. To date, 42 cases have been notified; with the onset of symptoms...
- The Financial Reporting Council’s Bite Proves Worse than its Bark
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is an independent regulatory body in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland (ROI) responsible for regulating auditors, accountants and actuaries. The FRC and its subsidiaries also play important roles in the oversight and development of corporate governance standards in the U.K. and ROI, such as the U.K. Corporate Governance and...
- FSA: Not viable to compare foodborne illness data between countries
It is not possible to accurately compare foodborne disease rates between countries, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The agency, which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said this is because of different methodologies and recording systems. The FSA estimates there are about 2.4 million cases of foodborne illness every year in the United...
- The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Synthesis
This is an attempt to breakdown and create ‘Practice Notes’ out of the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) – (Case C-311/18 – Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Ltd and Maximil…
- ECJ Invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework
On July 7, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield framework in its ruling in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18). More than 5,000 organizations in the United States have certified their adherence to this framework, and have relied on it to receive...
- European High Court Invalidates Privacy Shield, but Upholds Standard Contractual Clauses for International Data Transfers Under the GDPR
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europe’s restrictive data protection law, permits the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area1 (EEA) to other countries only under limited circumstances. On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU or Court) issued a highly anticipated decision in a case brought by...
- Listeria Food Poisoning Can Be Dangerous In Pregnant Women And Elderly
Infection of food due to Listeria can be life-threatening unless vigilance is practiced to curb the infection according to the report published by Food Safety Authority of Ireland.(FSAI). The mortality due to infection can be as much as 30% associated with Listeria food contamination and only...
- FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Certain Mussel Products from Bantry Bay Seafood
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers against eating certain frozen cooked mussel products made by Bantry Bay Seafoods, imported from Ireland, because they may be contaminated with azaspiracid toxins, a group of naturally occurring marine toxins known to cause nausea,...
- Ireland Poised to Ban Raw Milk Sales
Ireland may once again halt the sale of raw milk for human consumption over the objections of raw milk producers and advocates who say a ban would not only deny consumers free choice, but would also be a missed business opportunity. According to a story Wednesday in the Irish Times, Minister for...
- 90 Confirmed, 179 Probable E. coli Cases at Northern Ireland’s Flicks Restaurant
Flicks also linked to E. coli outbreak weeks earlier. BBC reports this morning that as of Sunday, Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency (PHA) is now confirming 90 cases – with another 179 probable – in what has already become Northern Ireland’s worst ever E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. In August, four ...
- European Union Will Test Beef in 27 Countries for Horsemeat
After a meeting with health ministers from European Union nations, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg gained support for DNA testing of meat products throughout the continent. “The tests will be on DNA in meat products in all member states,” Borg said after the ministerial meeting in Brussels over...
- Are Parent Companies Liable for their Subsidiaries’ DB Schemes?
We are increasingly asked by overseas clients whether, if they acquire a business or a company in Ireland which operates a DB Scheme in Ireland, they could be liable to the DB Scheme even though the acquirer may not participate in that scheme. UK clients are particularly concerned by this issue...
- European Commission Approves Merger of Second and Fourth Largest Irish Wireless Carriers
On May 28, 2014, the European Commission approved the acquisition of the second largest mobile telecommunications carrier in Ireland by the fourth largest provider. The US$1 billion merger of O2 Ireland and H3G (known as Three), which had been awaiting regulatory approval since October 2013, will...
- Are you ready for retirement? [Infographic]
With thanks to All Finance Tax, Ltd., a Cork, Ireland-based firm providing tax, accounting, and strategic business consulting services....
- Former SBOT president travels to Ireland
Richard Pena, 1998-1999 State Bar of Texas president, is headed home following a seven-day tour in Ireland. Pena, along with a delegation of attorneys from the U.S., has spent the past week exploring the land and meeting with leaders to learn about the area’s current politics and history, including ...
- European Court invalidates transfer of clinical data from the EU to the U.S through the Safe Harbor Framework
The Court of Justice of the European Union declares invalid the European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision and its implications on the transfer of clinical data to the U.S On 6 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled that the European Commission Decision on the...