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5 Ways to guard against a ransomware attack

On 14 May 2021, Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) suffered a major ransomware attack and was forced to shut down all its IT systems, nationwide. This sophisticated, financially-motivated attack – which has been called the most ‘significant’ cybercrime attempt against an Irish state agency1 – brought diagnostic services, COVID-19 testing and other critical activities to a halt. While progress has been made in restoring and rebooting systems, a significant disruption to everyday services is still ongoing. This event highlights the fact that ransomware attacks are becoming more pervasive, sophisticated and destructive. While most organisations understand the need for a sound

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Strand Advisory

Strand is targeting the future

We are delighted to announce that Pembroke Privacy has joined forces with some true leaders in data protection and cybersecurity to form Strand Advisory, a new data protection consulting firm with a global reach. Our clients can still benefit from our local expertise and relationships, while also gaining access to our global colleagues. We are very excited about this global expansion of our business. Our motto, “making the complex clear” remains an integral part of who we are, and we hope to share that in a global marketplace. Founded in Dublin, Ireland, Strand Advisory will deliver customized global consulting services

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Data Privacy Day Kick Off

Our founder Kate Colleary joined the IAPP – International Association of Privacy Professionals President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes together with #privacypros from around the world for a chat via #LinkedInLive.

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COVID – 19 in the Workplace – Employment and Data Protection

FAQ in Employment and Data Protection Employment Law firm, CC Solicitors, and data protection experts, Pembroke Privacy, have come together to provide urgent advice and support for our clients onemployment and data protection issues in the workplace arising from COVID – 19. This FAQ highlights some of the type of questions we have been recently asked. Table of contents What immediate steps should be taken? What should employers do when there is a suspected case of the virus? What if an employee cannot attend work because they have to self-isolate because of COVID – 19? The schools and childcare facilities

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DPC Annual Report 2019 – Analysis and Commentary

This week (on 20 February 2020) the Data Protection Commission launched its annual report for 2019. The report highlights the activities of the Data Protection Commission (DPC) in the past year, the first full year since the GDPR commenced. Some highlights of interest include topics such as complaints made, Data Subject Access Requests, direct marketing activities, data breaches, statutory enquiries, cookies, consultations, Data Protection Officers, case studies and litigation. Some highlights and points to note on the report are as follows: Complaints A total of 7215 complaints were received by the DPC in 2019. Access Requests was the highest complaint-type

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Preparing for International Data Protection Day 2020 – Dublin, Ireland

Last week was been a busy one, with privacy pros preparing for this week’s international Data Protection Day. Here in Dublin, we are looking forward to welcoming IAPP CEO J. Trevor Hughes to celebrate the most important day in the international privacy and data protection calendar. We are hoping Trevor will experience a true Irish “céad míle fáilte” (a hundred thousand welcomes). We have a packed schedule for this week, with meetings, lunches, dinners and podcasts planned. You can read more here.

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Schrems II Opinion issued by the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU

In today’s opinion, delivered by Advocate General Henrik General Saugmandsgaard Øe of the Court of Justice of the EU, Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) have been declared valid. SCCs are a mechanism used to transfer personal data outside the EEA where the country to which the data is being sent does not have an adequate level of protection for personal data. Where a controller wishes to transfer personal data to a country outside the EEA, it must comply with one of a number of mechanisms to ensure the protection of that data. One of those mechanisms is a system whereby the controller

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