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Data Protection, Ireland

With the increase in public reporting of high profile security breaches, particularly in the public sector, our dedicated Data Protection Group recognises the importance of providing sound data protection advice and has a strong focus on finding practical solutions for all our clients' needs.

We provide professional advice on a wide range of data protection issues, with a strong focus on finding practical solutions.  We routinely provide advice in relation to important data protection issues for clients, both as part of significant transactions and as part of ongoing legal compliance.  Our clients include public sector and private sector bodies, IT companies, financial institutions, private companies, pension funds and insurance companies. We regularly advise on a range of matters including:

  • creating privacy and information law compliance programs which balance budgets, resources and risks, and undertaking compliance assessments and data audits
  • comprehensive support in responding to and reporting data security breaches
  • global data transfer solutions for personal data, including Binding Corporate Rules, Privacy Shield, and approved form contracts
  • helping clients with their product and service offering development through its life cycle, to align with privacy requirements
  • addressing privacy issues for customers and suppliers contracting for cloud-based solutions
  • practical implementation of ethical reporting hotlines and tools monitoring email and internet use, on a cross-jurisdictional basis
  • addressing the data privacy issues arising from shared service/global IT platform programs
  • advising on big data transfers of customer information among strategic business partners and data aggregators in the financial services sector
  • handling staff data on a multi-jurisdictional basis and addressing the industrial relations issues which can arise as new data policies, contracts and procedures are introduced
  • data protection aspects of acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and other major transactions
  • record retention and document management policy development
  • handling complaints and requests from individuals and regulatory bodies, and providing guidance in the face of investigations, prosecution and claims
  • enabling clients to lawfully conduct data analyticsfiling notifications, permits or approvals of processing activities with the relevant regulatory authorities
  • filing notifications, permits or approvals of processing activities with the relevant regulatory authorities
  • defending privacy claims and addressing privacy issues in other litigation and e-discovery disclosure processes
  • providing training on data protection
  • supporting public authorities and affected private sector clients to respond to information access requests and protect valuable confidential information against unexpected disclosure
  • appeals against supervisory authority decisions through court or tribunal decisions