Blogs

Staying safe online during a pandemic

26th March 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen support being offered from all parts of society, as well as innovative solutions and tools being developed and implemented. Nevertheless, in a rapidly changing environment, it’s important that we all take steps to ensure that we stay safe in our online interactions, particularly when there are so many COVID-19-related scams to trick people into sharing their personal data or to gain access to their devices. ...

Data Protection and COVID-19

06th March 2020

Governments, as well as public, private, and voluntary organisations are taking necessary steps to contain the spread and mitigate the effects of COVID-19, widely referred to as the ‘coronavirus’. Many of these steps will involve the processing of personal data (such as name, address, workplace, travel details) of individuals, including in many cases sensitive, ‘special category’ personal data (such as data relating to health). ...

Does the GDPR Really Say That? – Attendee Lists and Name Tags

28th February 2020

The misunderstanding that conferences, workshops and events can’t share the details of attendees because of the GDPR is one that many people may have come across. Attendees of workshops, conferences, or events have been told that the organisers couldn’t share an attendance list, or that name plates or badges couldn’t be produced, because the organisers were worried about the GDPR. ...

Operationalising accountability through Codes of Conduct and Certification

07th February 2020

Accountability - GDPR Article 5.2… “The controller shall be responsible for, and be able to demonstrate compliance with, paragraph 1 [the principles of data protection]” As one of the GDPR’s most important innovations, the principle of accountability (Article 5.2 in the GDPR) means that organisations processing personal data must: ...

Opinions - Everyone’s got one, but does data protection law apply to them?

24th January 2020

Something that the Data Protection Commission (DPC) comes across from time to time are disputes over ‘opinions’ about a person that have been recorded or used in some way. People can have strong views over whether opinions are fair or correct, and they can involve issues such as freedom of expression and confidentiality – so disputes in these cases can become both contentious and complicated. Therefore, in this blog post we’ll aim to cover some of the basic issues which can arise where opinions come into contact with data protection law. ...

Does the GDPR really say that? Festive edition

09th December 2019

Letter writing, Christmas marketing emails and online shopping – Christmas time is here and with it comes more rumours that the GDPR is ruining the festivities. Here we take you through the data protection myths that tend to come up at this time of year and point out that if a story about the GDPR sounds too ridiculous to be true, it’s probably because it is too ridiculous to be true.   Does the GDPR ban people sending Christmas cards or letters to Santa? ...

The DPC’s take on digital assistants

02nd December 2019

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) attended the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment in November 2019 to discuss the topical issue of digital assistants, which in the run up to Christmas may be of particular interest to the public. The DPC was represented by Deputy Commissioner Dale Sunderland, responsible for the Consultation, Supervision and Policy functions of the DPC, as well as Assistant Commissioners Cathal Ryan and Ultan O’Carroll. ...