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The Data Protection Commission (DPC) issued administrative fines totalling €1.55 billion last year, according to its latest annual report. The 19 finalised decisions issued by the watchdog in 2023 included a €1.2 billion fine on Meta concerning EU-US data transfers, and a €345 million

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The PSNI is facing a £750,000 fine over the data breach which saw the personal information of all serving police officers and staff published online. Announcing its provisional decision yesterday, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said that, had the PSNI not been a public body, the f

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Northern Ireland's High Court has listed three test cases in relation to the PSNI data breach scandal for hearing on liability only for 26 June 2024. An unprecedented PSNI data breach last year saw the names, roles and other personal details of all serving police officers and civilian staff ina

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Irish business leaders do not feel prepared for the cybersecurity challenges posed by artificial intelligence, a survey by Fieldfisher suggests. The firm's survey of corporate legal advisors and senior leaders found that 54 per cent believe Ireland's cybersecurity infrastructure is not secure agains

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Mason Hayes & Curran has published a new review of recent and upcoming developments in the cyber/data security space. The business law firm said it aimed to provide a valuable resource for industry stakeholders in an era of rapid technological and legal advancements.

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Mason Hayes & Curran partner Robert McDonagh welcomes fresh clarification of the one-stop-shop test under the GPDR. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued an opinion on 13 February 2024 clarifying the one-stop-shop (OSS) test and, in particular, what is a “main establishment&rdqu

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Human rights organisation Liberty has claimed a "significant victory for the rights of journalists and the free press" in the UK after a seven-year legal challenge supported by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). The UK government has agreed to introduce new safeguards to protect journalists fr

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The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has expanded with the appointment of Dr Des Hogan and Dale Sunderland as data protection commissioners for a five-year term. The pair will take up their roles from 20 February 2024, the day after incumbent data protection commissioner Helen Dixon steps down to jo

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The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched a probe into the level of awareness and understanding of data protection in the sports sector. A survey questionnaire is to be issued to a representative sample of voluntary and professional clubs in a number of different sports.

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Ireland is the "world's de facto data police" enforcing the lion's share of the €1.78 billion in GDPR fines imposed across Europe last year, according to new analysis by DLA Piper. The 2023 figure includes a €1.2 billion fine imposed on Meta in Ireland, which is now the highest fine ever i

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The UK's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the Ministry of Defence (MoD) £350,000 for disclosing personal information of people seeking relocation to the UK shortly after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 2021. On 20 September 2021, the MoD sent an email to a dis

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