Data Protection Update in Ireland 2022

Data Protection Update in Ireland 2022

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We focus on the data protection issues that matter to employers and HR professionals – remote working, monitoring home workers, DSARs, grievance and disciplinary transparency, and minimising the risks of data breaches. 

After attending you will:

Have received a comprehensive update on data protection developments that affect employers in Ireland and will have had ample time to question the DPC Assistant Commissioner and other data protection experts.  Our sessions will be filmed (with full participant DP permissions!), so that you can watch back after the event and check your understanding of developments.

Who is it for?

This event is aimed at employers and HR professionals with data protection responsibilities and concerns.

When & Where:

This event will take place online between 9.15am and 1.00pm on Wednesday 25 May 2022 on the Newrow platform.


Standard Rate: €255

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In association with:

 A&L Goodbody


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Welcome and Introduction: Scott Alexander, Legal Island


A&L Goodbody’s Data Protection Round-Up 2022

Chris Bollard, Partner, Commercial & Technology, A&L Goodbody, sets out the most important data protection risks and solutions facing employers and their organisations, including:

  • Potential increased cyber-security threats associated with WFH
  • Non-material Loss and Damages: What penalties, other than fines by the DPC, might employers face for data protection breaches?
  • Avoiding Fines (and what to do if you don’t) following high-profile fines for email protocol breaches
  • Latest case law


Genuine Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) Or a Fishing Expedition?

Data subject access requests are now routinely used in litigation, often instead of or as a precursor to discovery procedures. What exactly can be refused in a DSAR or discovery request on data protection grounds? What can you do to at least reduce the size/amount of documents?

Duncan Inverarity, Partner and Head of the Employment Law Practice Group, A&L Goodbody, explores the grounds on which a DSAR can be refused or reduced, including:

  1. When you can refuse to comply with a request, and how to do it;
  2. What ‘manifestly unfounded’ means;
  3. What ‘manifestly excessive’ means; and
  4. What are the exemptions and how do they work?


Joint Q&A


Refreshment Break – Get a cup of something, take a break from the screen, catch up on emails, whatever…


A View from the Regulator: Data Protection Commission (DPC) Update 2022

MB Donnelly, Assistant Commissioner, Data Protection Commission, provides an update on the important data protection trends and developments direct from the DPC.

In the last few months, we have seen developments in relation to

  • Breach notifications and the new form;
  • Processing COVID-19 Vaccination Data in the context of Employment and the Work Safely Protocol;
  • The Regulatory Strategy for 2022-2027; and developments in the Data Protection Officer (DPO) enforcement programme.

What will our guest speaker discuss this year? Find out on 25th May.

Q&A at 11.45


Screen Break


The New Frontier: Artificial Intelligence at Work

Over the last couple of years, businesses have had to embrace technology more than ever. The use of technology, specifically AI, has been adopted throughout many industries and is fast becoming a valuable addition in everyday work processes. Along with benefits, this new technology also comes with dangers - we need to understand and address the risks and harms to work and workers presented by AI. In April 2021 the EU Commission published its draft proposal for a Regulation laying down harmonised rules on Artificial Intelligence.

So, what does AI mean for the future of work and the workforce?

Professor Gregory O'Hare, Professor of Artificial Intelligence & Head of School of Computer Science & Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, explains:

  1. How AI technologies are changing the nature of work, who does it and how it is done;
  2. The impact of pervasive monitoring and target setting technologies on worker mental and physical wellbeing; and
  3. The impact of algorithmic decision-making on work and workers – can we really be ‘hired and fired’ by algorithm?
  4. Explainable AI (XAI)
  5. Trustworthy AI

Q&A at 12.30


Summary – and Close at 12.45


"Really found it very worthwhile great to listen to the expert speakers."
Michael Cryan, Data Protection and Procurement Executive, IRFU

"It was very easily accessible to both the seminar and the notes."
Edel Moran, Solicitor, Supermacs

"All the presenters were very good, very knowledgeable and practical."
James O'Riordan, CTO, S3 Connected Health

"It was very well organised, and programme was very well put together. Timelines were adhered to."
Jacky Kavanagh, HR Office Executive, DBASS Chartered Accountants

"Very informative with lots of up-to-date info for HR professionals."
Ashleigh Martin, Senior Group HR Executive, Clanwilliam Group

"Well organised, kept to schedule, topics were current and relevant and speakers were well prepared and knowledgeable."
James Kelleher, Legal Counsel, Johnson Controls

"[I liked the] the willingness of the panel to provide in-depth answers to real life scenarios, solving an issue for the attendee whilst preparing others for similar situations."
Oisin Kelly, HR Director, Amstrow

"Very interesting speakers, engaging host and lots of breaks for focus."
Eilis Noonan, Data Protection Officer, Higher Education Authority


  • Chris Bollard
    Chris Bollard Partner, Commercial & Technology
    A&L Goodbody

    Chris is a partner in A&L Goodbody's market-leading Commercial & Technology Group. He is an expert in privacy, data protection, information technology and e-commerce law. His clients include some of the largest technology companies in the world.

    Chris advises on all aspects of compliance with data protection law; including the ePrivacy regime, data breach response, international transfers and technical product counselling. He frequently counsels clients on the regulatory implications of new and emerging technologies and products. He also has extensive experience advising on the evolving regulatory obligations for online businesses. This includes advising on intermediary liability (and the eCommerce regime generally), online consumer protection law, geo-blocking rules and content moderation rules.

    Chris also advises on the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property including software licences, software development agreements, intellectual property assignments and intellectual property transfers.

  • Duncan Inverarity
    Duncan Inverarity Partner, Head of Employment Law Practice Group
    A&L Goodbody

    Duncan is Head of A&L Goodbody's Employment Law Group and has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law and industrial relations in multiple jurisdictions. Duncan advises public and private sector employers on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises Boardrooms across Ireland and abroad on strategic and complex employment and industrial relations matters. Duncan also specialises in crisis management for clients and has advised on some of the most high profile corporate issues in Ireland. Duncan regularly appears for clients in the Workplace Relations Commission, the Circuit Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Duncan also acts for partnerships in mediated settlements and in proceedings in the High Court.

  • Mary-Bridget Donnelly
    Mary-Bridget Donnelly Assistant Commissioner
    Data Protection Commission Ireland

    MB (Mary-Bridget) is Assistant Commissioner at the Data Protection Commission Ireland.

  • Professor Gregory O'Hare
    Professor Gregory O'Hare Professor of Artificial Intelligence & Head of School of Computer Science & Statistics
    Trinity College Dublin

    Professor Gregory O'Hare joined Trinity College Dublin in September 2021 as Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Head of School. Previously Professor O’Hare taught at University of College Dublin, University of Central Lancashire (1984-86) and the University of Manchester. An established researcher of international repute, Professor O'Hare has significant research expertise in Artificial Intelligence, MAS, Ubiquitous Computing and Sensor Networks.

    Professor O'Hare has over 500 refereed publications of which over 100 are in high impact journals. He has edited 10 books and has a cumulative career research grant income of circa €82 Million. His research interests are in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), Ubiquitous Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks. He is an established Principal Investigator with Science Foundation Ireland, having been one of the founders of the CLARITY centre (now INSIGHT) and the very successful CONSUS collaboration with Origin Enterprises in the area of Digital Agriculture.


Event details


9.15am - 1.00pm


25 May 2022


Online - Newrow


Standard Rate: €255
Early Bird Rate: €215 (deadline 5pm on Friday 6 May 2022)

Save €20 when you book and pay online when booking.