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PECR: an Introduction

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Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (PECR) refers to a set of European directives which have been issued and refined since 2002. These directives were written specifically to address the requirements of new digital technologies and ease the adoption of new and innovative electronic communications services. The Directives complement the Data Protection Directive and applies to […]

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What are Joint Controllers?

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Sometimes the division between Data Processors and Data Controllers is not simple. Where more than one entity has control in determining the processing requirements, there can be multiple Data Controllers.  This situation can lead to “Joint Controllers” which needs to be managed carefully. To recap: the Data Controller determines the purposes for which and the manner in which personal data […]

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Four key points to include in contracts between Data Controllers and Data Processors

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The General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), imposes clear requirements controlling the appointment of data processors by data controllers.  One of these is a requirement prescribing various matters which must be stipulated in a written contract (Article 28). As and from 25 May 2018 all agreements between Data Controllers and Data Processors need to meet these new GDPR requirements. This is a major change for many organisations, […]

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GDPR and Charities in Ireland

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Ireland is fortunate in having a thriving voluntary sector. A sector which between employment, sport, caring and entertainment touches the lives of almost every citizen on the island of Ireland. Possibly retaining personal data on every citizen on the Island of Ireland. Every city, town and parish in the country has sports clubs and schools […]

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3 Free Information Security tools

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Part of GDPR is protecting users’ data, businesses are obliged to think about privacy when designing systems. Protecting data is also common sense.  Who would deal with a business that can’t reliably store data? This post is about using some practical (and free) tools to reduce risk for a small business. In the world of […]

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First five questions for GDPR compliance

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When confronted with the looming deadline of May 2018 for GDPR compliance there are five big questions any organisation should ask. Who deals with personal data in your organisation? Individuals or departments whichever is appropriate. What data do you gather across organisation?  list it out there may be repetition which can be rationalised later. Why is the data collected or processed? Different users may have […]

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GDPR a primer

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General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR imposes new and arduous burdens on business and other organisations across Europe from May 2018.  Behaviours will have to change and companies have to make sure they are ready for the deadline or face fines up to 20 M euro. This primer summarises some aspects of the GDPR which […]