Region: Ireland

New Irish anti-bribery legislation to spur corporate prosecutions

Ireland’s government intends to introduce strict new anti-corruption legislation, including new corporate liability rules and a corporate compliance defence, by the summer of 2015.

19 January 2015

Irish data protection enforcer to double staff

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner’s office plans to double its current number of staff, and move its offices to central Dublin, new commissioner Helen Dixon says.

09 January 2015

28 companies file in support of Microsoft

28 technology and media companies, 35 computer scientists and 23 trade associations on Monday filed briefs in support of Microsoft’s fight against a US request for information held on a server in Ireland.

16 December 2014

Microsoft: extraterritorial document request leads to “international discord”

Microsoft argues that the US congress never intended for Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) warrants to have extraterritorial effect, in its appeal against the Manhattan District Court’s decision that the company has to disclose emails held abroad.

09 December 2014

Calls for EU to speak up in transatlantic data dispute

DigitalEurope, an organisation representing the tech industry, has called upon the European Commission to add its voice to a legal dispute over accessibility of cloud-stored data by government enforcement agencies in cross-border investigations.

17 November 2014

Trace International launches bribery risk index

Anti-bribery business association Trace International, with think thank RAND Corperation, has launched a bribery risk index to help companies assess the possibility of violating anti-corruption laws around the world.

12 November 2014

EU says Irish tax deals with Apple may be illegal state aid

The EU warned on 29 September that Irish tax deals with Apple could amount to illegal state aid. The preliminary report, part of a wider EU investigation into the relationship between low-tax countries and global companies, focuses on two rulings by the Irish tax authority in 1991 and 2007, which the European Commission said may confer “a selective advantage” on Apple.

30 September 2014

New Irish enforcer lands in the heart of global data privacy battle

Helen Dixon has been appointed as the new data protection commissioner of Ireland, a role requiring her to police the use of hundreds of millions of citizens’ private information held by global companies with European headquarters in Ireland.

12 September 2014

Ireland appoints new data protection watchdog

The Irish government has appointed Helen Dixon as its new data protection commissioner, it announced on 10 September. Dixon, who has been registrar of companies since 2009, replaces Billy Hawke, who retired in August.

11 September 2014

Microsoft agrees to contempt to allow data protection appeal

Microsoft has asked a US district judge to find it in contempt in order to appeal a ruling ordering the company to comply with a warrant for e-mails stored in Ireland. The joint request from the US government and Microsoft was granted by Southern District of New York judge Loretta Preska on 8 September.

09 September 2014

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