Author: Seonaid O'Riordan

Brexit. 14 Days to Go – A Declaration of Intent

Well who saw that coming? Suddenly at about 10.30 on Thursday morning came the announcement that the UK Government and the EU have agreed a Brexit deal. It came as something of a surprise as public pronouncements from both sides of the negotiations had been suggesting a deal was increasingly unlikely. Maybe this was expectation…
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Chief Constable responds to controversy over Prevent database

If a company or public organisation is holding personal or otherwise sensitive data, it is naturally to be expected that they would maintain high standards of security and data protection. This applies regardless of the context in which the data is being processed. Of course, there are certain categories of data that carry greater risk…
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Brexit Landing

Brexit “landing zone” in sight? Less than 30 days to find out …

So now we have it. On Wednesday the Prime Minister wrote to Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, with the Government’s proposals for a new “Protocol on Northern Ireland/Ireland”. This is an attempt to break the logjam of the Northern Ireland backstop which has held up progress on a Brexit deal for so long…
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European Council Presidency gets closer to finalising the ePrivacy Regulation

On the 18th September, the Presidency of the European Council published its proposed amendments to the draft ePrivacy Regulation which will replace the current ePrivacy Directive framework. With the new regulation in place, the EU’s framework for data protection and confidentiality of electronic communications will be complete. ePrivacy and GDPR How is the ePrivacy Directive…
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42 days and counting….

With the countdown to Brexit clock still ticking it seems that all has gone (relatively) quiet on the Brexit front. Parliament is not sitting and won’t be back until 14th October but this has not stopped politicians and commentators on all sides of the debate from re-iterating their deeply-held positions.    Behind the scenes, it…
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New US Privacy Bill on the Way

Core US Privacy Principles  On 18th November Democratic Senators issued a set of core principles that should underpin any proposed Federal Privacy legislation. The principles cover several issues across four categories to protect consumer privacy: (1) establish data safeguards, (2) invigorate competition, (3) strengthen consumer and civil rights, and (4) impose real accountability. New US…
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