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Google favour HTTPS Encrypted Websites in Web Search Rankings

August 7th, 2014


Google has begun favouring HTTPS encrypted websites over the past few months by increasing the ranking algorithm to web pages that are encrypted with the technology. Google believes the move will encourage website owners and developers to adopt HTTPS in order to increase the layers of protection on their websites. “We hope to see more websites using HTTPS in the future,” Google said in a blog post, referring to the protocol for securing communications over digital networks. The use of… Read more…

PRISM/Facebook: High Court refers to ECJ on Safe Harbour

June 26th, 2014


On 18 June 2014, Mr Justice Hogan delivered his judgment to the High Court to refer the judicial review case of Schrems v. the Data Protection Commissioner (the “DPC”) to the ECJ. This case was brought before the High Court by Maximillian Schrems, an Austrian student. Schrems alleged that the DPC had erred in law in his decision not to investigate that data processed by Facebook (and subsequently transferred to the USA) is not given adequate data protection, despite the… Read more…

The Society for Computers and Law Irish Group launches at Matheson’s Dublin office.

May 29th, 2014


Pictured at the launch of The Society for Computers and Law (SCL) Irish group at Matheson’s offices in Dublin’s docklands are John O’Connor; Denise Farnsworth, Microsoft and Nick Haworth, AIB plc.   The SCL has a global membership of legal professionals working on areas including technology, outsourcing and cloud contracts, data protection and e-commerce. Its mission is to maintain and expand a community of IT lawyers to provide thought leadership, best practice, education and standards in these areas.   The… Read more…

Summary of the DPC’s Annual Report 2013

May 14th, 2014


The Data Protection Commissioner’s Annual Report 2013 The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, launched his Annual Report for 2013 on 12 May 2014. The report summarises activities of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (“ODPC”) during 2013 by reference to particular investigations and audits carried out. The report also elaborates upon policy matters and activities at an EU and international level. The report starts with reference to Edward Snowden and the importance of data protection in modern society and… Read more…

European Court of Justice declares Data Retention Directive invalid

May 8th, 2014


The European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”), in its judgment delivered on 8 April 2014, has declared invalid the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) (the “Directive”).  The matter of validity of the Directive was referred to the ECJ by two joined cases, one from Ireland and one from Austria.  The issue prompting these cases was the question surrounding the legality of national measures concerning the retention of data relating to electronic communications. In the wake of the London bombings of… Read more…