Ireland as a Digital Privacy Powerhouse

Ireland, as European home to Google, Facebook, Twitter and others, has a “data population” far in excess of its relatively small physical population. No matter where you may happen to live, your social media accounts – and therefore your personal data – live in Dublin. As a result, the privacy rights of millions of people fall to be guaranteed under Irish law. With the huge recent growth of the Data industry, the Irish Government has placed more emphasis on privacy and Data Protection than ever before, increasing funding and staffing for the regulator, and appointing a government minister with special responsibility for Data Protection, the first such appointment in Europe.

This talk will set out the key Privacy and Data Protection guarantees in Irish law, and will set out the regulatory framework through which these rights are enforced.