Tag Archives: Ireland

Advocate General Rejects Facebook’s Claim of Sole Irish Jurisdiction in EU

On October 24, 2017, an opinion issued by the EU’s Advocate General Bot rejected Facebook’s assertion that its EU data processing activities fall solely under the jurisdiction of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The opinion relates to the CJEU case C-210/16, under which the German courts sought to clarify whether the DPA in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein could take action against Facebook regarding its use of web tracking technologies on a German education provider’s fan page without first providing notice. … Continue Reading

U.S. Government Seeks to Join Schrems Case

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. government expressed its wish to join the legal proceedings brought by Max Schrems concerning the validity of international data transfers under EU Standard Contractual Clauses. … Continue Reading

Industry, Privacy Advocates Join Microsoft to Protect Customer Emails in Foreign Servers

On December 15, 2014, Microsoft reported the filing of 10 amicus briefs in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals signed by leading technology and media companies, computer scientists and trade associations and advocacy organizations, in support of Microsoft's litigation to resist a U.S. Government's search warrant purporting to compel the production of Microsoft customer emails that are stored in Ireland.… Continue Reading

In an Irish First, the ODPC Holds Company Directors Personally Liable for Breach of the Irish Data Protection Acts

On October 6, 2014, the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (“ODPC”) announced its success in bringing prosecution proceedings against M.C.K Rentals Limited (“MCK”), a firm of private investigators, and its two directors, for breaches of the Irish Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003. Specifically MCK and its directors were found to have (1) … Continue Reading

EU Data Retention Directive Invalidated

On April 8, 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled that the EU Data Retention Directive is invalid as it disproportionally interferes with the European citizens' rights to private life and protection of personal data.… Continue Reading

Council of the European Union Releases Draft Compromise Text on the Proposed EU Data Protection Regulation

On May 31, 2013, the Council of the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs released a draft compromise text in response to the European Commission’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation. This latest draft seeks to narrow the scope of the Commission’s proposal and move from a detailed, prescriptive approach toward a risk-based framework.… Continue Reading

Irish ODPC Publishes 2012 Annual Report

On May 20, 2013, the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner published its annual report for 2012, which summarizes the activities of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner during 2012, including its investigations and audits, policy matters, and European and international activities.… Continue Reading

Irish Presidency Reports on Progress of the Proposed EU Regulation

On March 1, 2013, the Irish Presidency published a note to the European Council of Ministers regarding its progress on the European Commission’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation. This blog post outlines key points from the note, which focuses on bringing a more risk-based approach to the Proposed Regulation.… Continue Reading

Commissioner Reding Proposes Solutions to Data Protection Law Reform Proposals

On October 26, 2012, following the Justice Council’s meeting, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, delivered a speech highlighting that the Commission’s proposed data protection law reform package is currently at a crucial stage in the negotiation process. Commissioner Reding provided three examples of the Commission’s concessions that are intended to help “strike the right balance.”… Continue Reading