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- Supervisory Authorities Cannot Circumvent One-Stop-Shop According to CJEU Advocate General
On January 13, 2021, the Advocate General (“AG”), Michal Bobek, of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued his Opinion in Case C-645/19 Facebook Ireland Limited, Facebook Inc., Facebook Belgium BVBA v. the Belgian Data Protection Authority (“Belgian DPA”). The AG determined that the one-stop shop mechanism under the EU’s General Data...
- Deliveroo and Uber Eats listing outlets with hygiene ratings of 2
Food delivery firms Deliveroo and Uber Eats are allowing businesses with 2 food hygiene ratings to be listed on their platforms. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland gives businesses a rating from 0 to 5, with 5 being the best. A score of 2 means some improvement is necessary....
- Advocate General Issues Opinion on GDPR’s One-Stop-Shop
On January 13, 2021, Advocate General Michal Bobek of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued his Opinion in the Case C-645/19 of Facebook Ireland Limited, Facebook Inc., Facebook Belgium BVBA v. the Belgian Data Protection Authority.
- COVID-19 impacts enforcement in Ireland and Sweden
The number of enforcement orders served on businesses for breaching food safety legislation in 2020 in Ireland fell by 67 percent compared to the year before. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported that 42 enforcement orders were given to food businesses compared to 125 in 2019. Officials say the decline reflects the impact...
- FSAI flags food safety research priorities
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has identified emerging food safety risks, food chain vulnerability assessments and fresh produce traceability as areas for research. The agency said research is needed to address gaps in knowledge, support regulation and identify emerging issues and threats to the food system in Ireland. FSAI publishes areas of priority...
- Direction exempting market participants from the obligation to register with Ofgem under REMIT
On 4 January 2021, Ofgem issued a direction stating that under Article 9(1A) of the onshored Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT), as amended, until further notice, the obligation to register with it does not apply to wholesale energy market participants that are already registered with the Northern Ireland Authority or with...
- Northern Irish home cooks nervous ahead of Christmas meal
A quarter of home cooks are nervous about cooking the Christmas meal, according to research by “safefood.” The online poll of more than 300 adults across Northern Ireland in late November also found that one in six people aged between 18 and 34 years old will be cooking their first Christmas dinner this year. Safefood...
- CNIL Issues Fines Totaling €135 Million in Landmark ePrivacy Directive Cases
The French data protection authority’s decisions cite violations of the cookie rules under the ePrivacy Directive and provide important insights on explicit consent. By Gail Crawford, Myria Saarinen, Tim Wybitul, and Wolf-Tassilo Böhm Between December 2019 and May 2020, the French data protection authority (CNIL) conducted multiple online investigations by visiting google.fr and amazon.fr, before...
- CNIL Fines Google and Amazon 135 Million Euros for Alleged Cookie Violations
On December 10, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it has levied fines on Google LLC, Google Ireland Limited and Amazon Europe Core for alleged violations of the French cookie rules. This post examines the French cookie rules, CNIL’s territorial jurisdiction, the investigations and the sanctions levied against each company.
- AI-Driven Spend-Management Platform Brightflag Raises $28M
Brightflag, an Ireland company whose platform uses artificial intelligence to help corporate legal departments better manage their legal spend and legal matters, said today that it has raised $28 million in a growth equity investment. The investment was led by London-based One Peak Partners, an investment firm that specializes in growth-stage technology companies in Europe,...
- Irish law, technology and social blogs
I worked in a solicitor’s office in Ireland (Ennis, Co. Clare) for almost a year back in 1982 – my first job as a lawyer. That was long before the Internet and blogs. Heck, we were lucky when the phone company wasn’t on strike and we had working phones. Today, Ennis is called a technology......
- Irish Eaters Lodge Complaints About Food
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) announced late last week that nearly one-fourth of over 10,000 calls received through the agency’s advice line were information requests and complaints related to food and food establishments in 2010. According to a press release issued by FSAI, the...
- DIY Louboutin: A Can of Red Paint and $30 Pumps
–Catlan McCurdy, Attorney Over at DuetsBlog, we have been anxiously awaiting the Second Circuit’s decision in Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent. It was predicted that a decision would be made by early Spring 2012. Meanwhile, the French have already made their decision and moved on, covered...
- Listening internationally : Social media opens opportunities for lawyers
I started getting feeds from the Irish Independent, Ireland’s largest newspaper, a couple months ago. My interest in Ireland comes from my first job as lawyer, 30 years ago, being in Ireland and now the IDA (Irish Development Authority) having visited me this year about the benefits of doing...
- Ireland’s Goal – “Smoke Free” (Relatively Speaking) in 12 Years
Imagine – a smoke free country in Europe. That’s the 2025 goal of the Health Minister in Ireland, although the goal actually is not completely smoke-free and instead is to have smoking down under 5%. Plainly, governments and others are actively realizing that they cannot afford to continue to...
- CJEU annuls Data Retention Directive
In a judgment handed down yesterday, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) struck down the Data Retention Directive as a measure amounting to a disproportionate interference with fundamental rights protected by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the “Charter“)....
- Is the Flap Over Microsoft Emails in Ireland Overblown?
Corporate Counsel published an article authored by Nolan Goldberg, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology, concerning the recent decision compelling Microsoft to produce e-mails located on foreign servers. The article, entitled “Is the Flap Over Microsoft Emails in Ireland Overblown?”,...
- Orders designating certain payment systems into the scope of PSR
HM Treasury has published 7 designation orders which bring the following payment systems into the scope of the Payment Systems Regulator: Bacs; CHAPS; Faster Payments; Link; Cheque and Credit; Northern Ireland clearing; and Visa Europe. The designation orders will come into force on 1 April 2015....
- Northern Ireland bans fracking
The Northern Ireland Minister for the Environment, Mark Durkan, published a planning blueprint banning hydraulic fracturing in the region. The planning blueprint, which provides guidance for Northern Ireland’s 11 councils, consolidates multiple existing planning policies to create a single...
- Irish food businesses hit with closure orders for violations
Ten closure orders and one prohibition order were served last month on Irish food businesses, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). The actions were taken for breaches of the FSAI Act of 1998 and the European Commission’s Official Control of Foodstuffs Regulations of 2010. The...