2016 was the year of the global data revolution in which privacy and data protection became a top priority for organisations in many sectors and industries, both technology and non-technology related. Undoubtedly, this increased focus on data protection and privacy was driven largely by the formal signing of the GDPR and the EU-US Privacy Shield. 2016 was also a year of landmark data protection and privacy court cases in which William Fry was acting.
In 2017 organisations will need to kick-start their ‘GDPR Readiness’ programmes and actively accelerate their journey to 25 May 2018 (the date that the GDPR will apply). The GDPR will have a global reach, applying to organisations that are established or direct business activities in the European Union. This widened territorial ambit will require multinational organisations to ensure their data processing activities are GDPR compliant.
Now in its eleventh year, International Data Protection Day is celebrated globally every 28 January to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. In Ireland, promotional events included the formal opening of the new Data Protection Commissioner offices by the Taoiseach and a live Q&A session in Twitter in which Dara Murphy, Minister for Data Protection participated.
To mark International Data Protection Day 2017, our Technology team round-up some of the key data protection stories of 2016 and look ahead to likely events for 2017.
For further information on the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) and detailed guidelines on compliance, register for PrivacySource, William Fry’s dedicated GDPR website.
Part 1: 2016 Round-Up
- Future of International Data Transfers Hangs in the Balance before Irish Courts
- EU-US Privacy Shield Signed
- Court orders Microsoft to transfer data stored in Ireland to the US
- General Data Protection Regulation Formally Adopted by the European Union
- Validity of International Data Transfers Challenged Before Irish Court
- CJEU Rules Dynamic IP Addresses May Constitute Personal Data
- Irish Court Asks CJEU if Exam Paper Constitutes Personal Data
- Network and Information Security Directive Adopted by European Council
Part 2: 2017 Forecast
- European Commission Proposes new ePrivacy Regulation
- EU Privacy Watchdog Announces 2017 GDPR Action Plan
- Digital Right Ireland Challenges EU-US Privacy Shield
- EU-US Privacy Shield: Set for Review in June 2017
Contributed by David Cullen & John O’Connor