Vast Majority of Irish Websites Not Compliant with EU Cookies Law

Since the European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) took effect on 1 July 2011 in Ireland, it is essential for website operators to follow certain practices to lawfully store “cookies” on their websites (see our earlier blog here)

Data Protection Concessions for SME’s Hinted at by EU Justice Commissioner

Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner, told ministers from the European Union Member States at a Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg that in an effort not to overburden small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), she is prepared to offer them some concessions under the revised EU Data Protection Regulation.

ICO Publishes Guide On Anonymisation in the UK

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a code of good practice on managing the risks related to anonymisation. Christopher Graham, UK Information Commissioner, believes this to be the first code of practice on anonymisation to be published by any European data protection authority, but Liechtenstein published a guide on anonymisation and pseudonymisation earlier this year.

UK Government Challenges Expected Benefits of Draft European Data Protection Regulation

On November 22, 2012, the UK government published its Impact Assessment of the draft European data protection regulation.  When the draft regulation was first published, the European Commission estimated that harmonizing the European data protection regime would bring a net administrative benefit of €2.3 billion to the EU.