Irish update: Commissioner launches guidance on new data protection requirements

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has just launched 9-page guidance to assist organisations to comply with new Irish data protection requirements in relation to electronic communications and networks. The guidance coincides with the commencement last Friday of new legislation by the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Mr. Pat Rabbitte, TD implementing the requirements of a European Directive in this area.

Along with processes for data breaches and user consent for “cookies”, there has been a strengthening of permission (opt-in) needed for electronic communications by charitable organisations or political parties.

The document also includes detailed clarification for all forms of electronic communications (SMS, phone, voice messages, sound messages, image messages, MMS and email messages) as they relate to Individuals (“natural persons”) vs. Business contacts.

A 9-page update detailing data protection and electronic communications updates is available for download at the DP website.