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  • Irish Data Protection Commission Issues Guidance on Right of Access Under GDPR

    Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has issued a guidance note on the right of access under the General Data Protection Regulation. Key takeaways: Requests to access data are the majority of complaints received. If reasonably necessary to clarify the request, you may request that the requester specify the information or processing activities they want access to....

  • Ireland Issues Data Breach Notification Guidance

    The Irish Data Protection Commission has issued guidance on data breach notification under GDPR. Key takeaways: A personal data breach is a security incident that negatively impacts the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of personal data, with the consequence that the controller is unable to ensure compliance with the principles for processing personal data as outlined...

  • Irish Data Protection Commission Issues Guide to Data Protection Impact Assessments

    We heard recently from French Data Protection Authority CNIL on the topic of Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs). Now, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has issued its own Guidance Note on DPIAs under The General Data Protection Regulation. It describes the process in detail and provides lists of risks and mitigation methods. Key takeaways: If you...

  • Ireland, Poland Offer Guidance on Data Breach Response Under GDPR

    The Irish Data Protection Commission and Polish Data Protection Authority have issued guidance on data breach notification under GDPR in which they address the following questions, and more: When do you “become aware”​ of a data breach? What should a data breach notification include? How do you communicate a data breach notification? The guidance offers...

  • EU Court of Justice Issues Long-Awaited Decision on Facebook Likes in Fashion ID Matter

    A Facebook “like” is actually more like “in a [Joint Controller] relationship” status, says the Court of Justice of the EU in a long awaited decision in the Fashion ID matter. At issue: The legal framework surrounding embedding a Facebook “Like” button on your website. When a user visits a website on which a Facebook...

  • Do Visitor Books Breach GDPR Privacy Rules?

    “Some of Ireland’s best known heritage sites – such as Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle and Muckross House – have been ordered to remove visitor books due to concerns they breach EU privacy and data protection rules. The Office of Public Works (OPW) believes the books, in which visitors leave brief remarks along with their names...

  • Irish Data Protection Commission Clarifies: GDPR Does Not Preclude Communion Photos

    The GDPR that stole communion… Some schools in Ireland have been banning photographs at communion, citing GDPR. The Irish Data Protection Commission clarified in a guidance titled “Taking Photos at School Events: Where Common Sense Comes Into Play” that this is not mandated by GDPR. Taking a photo in public is generally fine; it’s what...

  • No “Lip Service” For Bowel Disease: A Scatological Case To Make Your Day

    Lately we have been consumed by urine; that is, we have written a lot about drug testing, urine testing, paruresis and the ADA.  Heady stuff. So now we feel it is time to turn 180 degrees and discuss a medical secretary who suffered “a debilitating and embarrassing bowel condition” and asked for an accommodation –...

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