Ireland: Data protection considerations in the employment context – Part one

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The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (‘the Act’) are the main pieces of legislation regarding data protection in Ireland. The Act supplements the GDPR and includes provisions relating to GDPR derogations, as well as establishes the Data Protection Commission (‘DPC’). In part one of this Insight series on data protection considerations in the employment context, Kate Colleary, Founder & Director of Pembroke Privacy Limited, provides some background to the DPC and its relevant guidance, as well as the requirements regarding data protection at the recruitment level.


The Act grants powers and functions to the DPC as the national independent authority responsible for upholding the fundamental rights of individuals in the EU to have their personal data protected under GDPR.

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