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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“C” is for Cookie and Consent

What are Cookies? Cookies are small text files that are placed by website operators on to the devices of website users. They gather information about the device and send that information back to the website operator. Their functions are varied. They allow a website operator to provide services, identify particular devices, understand website user preferences and so on. Cookies are also used to facilitate targeted advertising. Necessary & unnecessary Cookies A distinction is made between necessary and unnecessary cookies. Necessary cookies are used to transmit communications or to allow website operators to run their websites smoothly and provide services to

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Health Research Regulations

Health Research Regulations in Ireland

It’s a busy time for privacy pros in the healthcare sector in Ireland at the moment. They are working hard to not just comply with GDPR but also to roll out a new framework when processing data for health research. The Irish Government’s Health Research Regulations 2018 apply in addition to the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018; so organisations are now creating processes to ensure that they comply with all regimes, in addition to any other regulations relating to health research/clinical trials (including the Clinical Trials Regulation (EU Regulation 536/2014) due to commence in 2020). In summary, the

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