July 6, 2020
Data Protection – the Return to Work Safely Protocol
When the Return to Work Safely Protocol was published in May, we outlined the main considerations for employers. You can read this piece here. In this piece, we outlined that...
GDPR, Data Protection & Data Breach
Businesses, government bodies and many other organisations collect, process and store an increasing amount of information and personal data about members of the public. A number of laws have been introduced in Ireland and across the EU to protect people’s personal data, but breaches can still happen, putting individual’s data at risk.
It is important to understand your data protection rights in Ireland are protected under legislation such as GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) and the Data Protection Act 2018. This is especially true if you have reason to believe your personal data may have been exposed following a data breach.
Our data protection solicitors in Dublin can help with matters including:
General data protection principles set out in the relevant pieces of legislation include:
If you believe your data may have been exposed following a data breach or that data about you has been stored incorrectly, it is important to seek specialist legal advice from a solicitor as soon as possible.
An experienced data protection solicitor can advise you on your legal rights and options, then help you to take appropriate action to minimise any long-term negative impact.
Under Article 82 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR,) if you have suffered material or non-material damage as the result of a data protection breach, then you have the right to seek compensation. Irish data protection legal proceedings can now include claims for compensation for stress and emotional suffering, whereas prior to the GDPR, only compensation for financial and other material loss could be recovered.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.
For further information regarding Data Protection and Data Breaches in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or by email to Ciarán Leavy at [email protected] or Dermot McClean at [email protected] .
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