Data Protection & FOI

The evolving landscape of data protection law presents challenges to both businesses and public sector bodies alike in their treatment of personal and special category data. The main challenge now is ensuring on-going compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Irish implementing legislative measure the Data Protection Bill 2018, which creates a new regulatory framework for the enforcement of data protection laws in Ireland.

We Data Protection and Freedom of Information (FOI) Department have expert experience in providing a range of services to assist our clients, both private and private sector, including:

  • Advisory and training services on on-going compliance with the GDPR, reacting to data breaches and handling data subject requests.
  • Advising on relevant exemptions under the applicable data protection legislation.
  • Drafting and negotiating Data Processing Agreements and other such documents intended to govern the processing of data.
  • Drafting policies and procedures such as Data Protection Policies, Privacy Statements, CCTV policies, and Data Subject Request procedures.
  • Advising on and creating bespoke data retention policies.
  • In order to prepare for any potential audits from the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, conducting a Data Protection Improvement Programme to ascertain gaps in compliance and advising on remedial action.
  • In conjunction with our technical consultants, conducting Privacy Impact Assessments.
  • Advice in relation to Freedom of Information.

We understand that keeping our clients up to date on data protection and FOI is important and we will keep you informed through our regular legal updates and publications. Our team host regular data protection and FOI conferences and seminars and are available for bespoke training sessions.

  • Advising regulatory and commercial clients across a wide spectrum of industries of how to best apply the GDPR to their day to day activities
  • Specific GDPR compliance advice including providing in depth GAP analysis reports identifying risk areas and recommending mitigating factors and action points
  • GDPR training and improvement programmes
  • Drafting and negotiating Data Processor agreements
  • Advice regarding international data transfers, model clauses, binding corporate rules, etc.
  • Drafting of tailored and appropriate policies such as Data Protection Policies, Privacy Statements, Cookies Policies, CCTV policies and Retention Policies
  • Providing advice regarding Article 23 of the GDPR exemptions and drafting regulations
  • Dealing with data subject requests and applying limitations where possible
  • Advice regarding procedure to adopt in the event of a data breach and the obligations that arise
  • Data protection audits
  • How to deal with FOI requests and applying exemptions in relation to same

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