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Concern over Proposals to Fine 2% of Global Turnover for Data Protection Breaches [Video]

Last week, we brought you an interview with the Head of the Department of Justice’s Data Protection Unit, Séamus Carroll, who explained the negotiations currently under way among EU states to draft a new set of data protection standards, to replace the 1995 directive on which EU law is currently based. Mr Carroll explained that one of […]

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New EU Standards Could Include Hefty Fines for Breaches of Data Protection Rules [Video]

Séamus Carroll is Head of the Data Protection Unit in the Department of Justice and Equality. He recently addressed a conference on cybersecurity organised by AON Insurance and held at the Convention Centre Dublin, on the subject of the new standards for data protection which are currently being discussed at EU level. Current legislation is in need […]

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Eircode is Designed for Property Tax, not Navigation, says Loc8Code CEO [Audio]

Yesterday we wrote about the Eircode postcode system which is going to be introduced in Ireland in 2015. We posted a video by Gary Delaney, CEO of rival company Loc8Code, whose complaint to the EU about the conduct of the Government’s tender for the service, resulted in a declaration that the Department of Communications had […]

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New IP Bill will Enhance Legal Protection for Generic Drug Development

The Intellectual Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014, which is published today, will enhance the immunity from patent infringement for companies involved in testing generic versions of drugs while the original drugs continue to enjoy patent protection. A case in 1984 in the United States resulted in legislation allowing for the Bolar Exemption, which allows companies to use patent-protected drugs in tests to develop […]

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Video thumbnail for youtube video New EU Roaming Charges Explained (Sort of)

New EU Roaming Charges Explained (Sort of)

As of July 1st 2014 the rates for roaming across the EU have dropped. This is great news for anyone who likes to travel in the EU and doesn’t want to disconnected while “on the road”. The EU’s Digital Agenda team released a short video to help explain the changes: Personally I’m looking forward to […]

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New TLDs are in Ireland Now!

So you’ve heard about the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) such as .london and .clarehurling? OK, I made that one up – but you get the idea. ICANN received applications for almost 2000 new gTLDs and over 300 have been delegated so far. You may also have heard that availability of these new domain names from EU registrars was […]

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Google Reminds Us All To Vote

In case you forgot that today was polling day in both the local and EU elections, Google’s got your back: Today’s Google doodle is a gentle reminder that the EU elections are on, with polling having opened over the last couple of days depending on which country you are in. All the media outlets will […]

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You Have the Right to Be Forgotten: European Court Rules against Google

European citizens have the right to be forgotten, according to the Court of Justice of the European Union which ruled today that search engines must remove links relating to individuals, under certain circumstances, if requested to do so by the individuals themselves. The case centres on the definition of a search engine’s role under EU data privacy law.  Google had […]

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Buíochas na bPolannach

Tá sé seo ar fheabhas! After 10 years of Polish EU membership, which has seen many Poles make their homes in Ireland, staff at the Polish embassy express their gratitude using the Irish language.   Related articles Polish say ‘go raibh maith agat’ for ten years of an Irish welcome Polish say ‘go raibh maith […]

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EU Top Court Overturns Data Retention Directive

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) announced this morning its ruling with respect to the Data Retention Directive. And they’ve ruled – “The Court of Justice declares the Data Retention Directive to be invalid” Here’s the release: The Court of Justice declares the Data Retention Directive to be invalid So what does that mean? The […]

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