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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

GDPR readiness toolkit for SMEs

The Data Protection Commissioner have just released a GDPR readiness toolkit for the SME sector. The Small Firms Association (SFA) worked closely with the Data Protection Commissioner to create this toolkit which will enable your business to conduct a GDPR audit. .. Read more

Guides on GDPR issues

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be directly applicable in all EU Member States, including Ireland, on 25 May 2018. Many existing regulatory concepts on data protection will be retained, but there will be significant changes under the GDPR that require consideration and advance preparation.  Data protection is a key business consideration. In this context SFA has been involved, through the GDPR taskforce to help raise awareness and understanding of the GDPR.  Two guides are now available to member companies: 1) An Overview of the General Data Protection Regulation and another 2) How Employers Should Comply with GDPR. .. Read more

The GDPR and You - Resources from the Data Protection Commission

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes effective from 25 May 2018. The GDPR will replace the existing Data Protection Acts (1988 and 2003 )and it places substantial new data protection responsibilities on businesses to protect the privacy of its Data subjects. The Data Protection Commission have realised a user friendly guide entitled "The GDPR and You"... .. Read more

Is your business GDPR ready?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a ground breaking piece of data protection legislation that will come into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR will impact significantly on every business as it introduces severe financial penalties for non-compliance. Now is the time to get your house in order and to take steps to prepare your business as your data protection obligations are about to get more onerous. We have set out below some recommendations that will assist your business prepare for the introduction of the GDPR... .. Read more

SFA Guideline on Data Protection

The Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003 regulate the collection, processing, storage and disclosure of personal information that is processed either electronically or manually. The 2003 Act gave effect to the EU Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. This guideline outlines the legal position regarding data protection from 1st July 2003. It summarises the provisions of the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003. As the amount .. Read more

Vetting, Background Checks and Data Protection

Increasingly employers are looking to implement background and credit checks for potential employees. This is standard hiring practice in countries such as the United States and Britain. Ireland, however, does not have regulations in place that allow most employers to carry out such checks. This presents difficulties for organisations who want access to information demonstrating that employees do not have relevant criminal convictions that may deem them unsuitable for a particular role. The only route available to employers who do not fall into a special category for Garda vetting that is fully compliant with data protection regulation is a self-disclosure form for criminal history. Additionally, there is no process by .. Read more