The law on data protection is changing rapidly and is becoming ever more relevant to Irish citizens and businesses. The Council of Europe has designated today, January 28, as Data Protection Day to "give citizens an opportunity to understand what kind of data about them is collected and processed, why this is done, and what rights they have."
To coincide with Data Protection Day, law firm Matheson hosted a breakfast seminar on the latest developments in data protection law. Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes spoke at the gathering of Ireland's leading data protection professionals, saying:
"People remain concerned about their privacy, particularly in relation to their health and financial information. Companies need to be gearing up for stricter enforcement of data protection law." Mr Hawkes highlighted the need for companies to carry out privacy impact assessments.
John O'Connor, a partner at Matheson, also spoke at the event, saying, "The on-going debate in Europe and the US about the NSA Prism programme and surveillance of...