Data Protection Update in Ireland 2021

Data Protection Update in Ireland 2021

Introduction - Why this event and why now?

Data loss and associated problems continues to be the most pressing and possibly even an existential threat to many organisations. The GDPR is beginning to really kick in as we approach the third year of its operation. Remote and home working have exacerbated the risks.

The pandemic created a sea change in working from home, and that move from office to home creates new data protection risks. Moving from home to workplace by ‘hybrid’ workers also increases data protection risks.

Is there an organisation in Ireland that hasn’t had at least dozens of Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs)? Is there an HR department that hasn’t received DSARs in relation to grievances or other complaints, seemingly unrelated to the GDPR?

Why is this event important for YOU?

Covid-19 and WFH has transformed workplaces and the data protection landscape. Remote working makes recording meetings easy, for example. Cyber criminals are very happy – lockdown has seen a massive increase in phishing attempts.

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. We also have a session from the Data Protection Commission looking at the data protection trends most likely to impact on employers.

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.

Course overview

We have five terrific sessions this year:

  1. HR and Data Protection Part 1: All matters Covid-19: PCR testing, vaccinations, how to handle Covid-related sick leave, other Covid mitigation measures such as temperature testing, sickness records, vaccination records, and much more.
  1. HR and Data Protection Part 2: HR data breaches, differences between reportable and non-reportable data breaches, Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs) – we provide some top tips and best practice for dealing with DSARs.
  1. HR and Data Protection Part 3: Remote Working, the right to disconnect and Data Protection – top tips to ensure your employees are following best practice.
  1. Case Law Review: What’s new, what are the key lessons from case law, what is the DPC’s view of breaches, and how do you manage parallel DSARs with WRC and court proceedings? 
  1. DPC Update 2021 - Learnings, Trends and Lessons from the Regulator – The DPC provides a round-up of developments and new guidance expected by June 2021 that will impact on employers.

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 Thursday 3 June 2021 on the Newrow platform.

Price

Early Bird Rate: €215 (deadline 5pm on Friday 7th May)
Standard Rate: €255

Save an additional €20 when you book and pay online

More about Newrow...

This event will be hosted on a Browser based platform named Newrow. In order to access the event correctly, you will need to use the Google Chrome browser. This is the only browser that will work, please do not use Internet Explorer, MS Edge or Mozilla Firefox. We understand that some IT policies may not allow downloading of new browsers, so if this is the case for you please use your own personal device to access the event and if you do not have Google Chrome installed, you can download it here - https://www.google.com/chrome/ or on the Google Play/App Store for tablets and iPads.

If you would like further information regarding your Browser please contact us at events@legal-island.com and we will be happy to discuss with you further.

Upon entering the event Newrow will prompt you to enter only your full name and email address, there is no need to register a password. 

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Programme

9.15

Welcome and Introduction

9.30

HR and Data Protection Part 1

  • All matters Covid-19: PCR testing, vaccinations, how to handle Covid-related sick leave, other Covid mitigation measures such as temperature testing, sickness records, vaccination records etc. 
  • We discuss what HR information should be included in your employee Covid privacy statement and we make recommendations on necessary updates to data protection policies from an employment point of view.
  • Special Category data can include Performance Improvement Plans, return to work interview forms, investigation reports etc.  We outline key rules for storage and use of this data.
  • Employee data mapping – role of HR.

Eimear Boyle, Senior Associate, Employment, Pensions & Benefits Group, Matheson

9.55

Screen Break and Time to Send in Your Questions

10.00

HR and Data Protection Part 2

  • HR data breaches – learnings from other jurisdictions.  We outline some key fines and penalties against HR departments from other European regulators to highlight types of current and common HR data breaches occurring.
  • The differences between reportable and non-reportable data breaches.
  • Liability for data breaches in Ireland – what can an employer expect?
  • Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs)– we provide some top tips and best practice for dealing with DSARs.

Deirdre Crowley, Partner, Technology, Innovation and Employment groups, Matheson

10.25

Screen Break and Time to Send in Your Questions

10.30

Panel Discussion and Questions

10.45

Break – Stretch Your Legs, Get Away from the Screen, and we will see you in 30 mins

11.15

HR and Data Protection Part 3

  • Remote Working, the right to disconnect and Data Protection – top tips to ensure your employees are following best practice;
  • How to handle remote investigations and hearings from a data protection point of view;
  • Key trends in managing your D&I programme.

Eimear Boyle, Senior Associate, Employment, Pensions & Benefits Group, Matheson

11.40

Screen Break and Time to Send in Your Questions

11.45

Case Law Review

  • What’s new?
  • Key learning outcomes
  • DPC’s position
  • Managing parallel DSARs with WRC and court proceedings.

Deirdre Crowley, Partner, Technology, Innovation and Employment groups, Matheson

12.10

Screen Break and Time to Send in Your Questions

12.15

Data Protection Commission's Update 2021

In this session, we consider important learnings, trends and lessons for HR Practitioners from the Regulator. In particular, the DPC will discuss:

  • Increase in the size, frequency and repetition of large DSARs
  • The obvious use of DSARs in litigation unrelated to data protection
  • What the DPC might consider to be reasonable and proportionate requests for personal information
  • What the employer/controller can do to help limit the scale of DSARs
  • The intersection between commercial and personal data – what information need not be disclosed under a DSAR?
  • The importance of opinions, references and complaints provided in confidence
  • The increased incidences of requests in employment settings for the right of rectification and the right to be forgotten
  • Fines and penalties for HR breaches in Ireland and throughout other GDPR-compliant jurisdictions

Meg MacMahon, Assistant Commissioner, Data Protection Commission

12.40

Panel Discussion and Questions

1.00

Close

Testimonials

"Very knowledgeable speakers, great debate and Q and A sessions."
Michelle Peate, Operations Manager, Veolia Industries Global Solutions

"I got an awful lot from this event and was re-assuring that the questions that were been asked were questions I and my team have been asking for the last 6 months."
Patrick Moynihan, iHR Team Lead, DAA

"Great speakers, great location, good interaction"
Paula White, HR Manager, Beauchamps

"Very good course, really informative and have taken a lot back to my company to review."
Stephanie Corcoran, Talent & Administration Specialist, Coillte

I felt the day was great from start to finish. the speakers were fantastic and had all the answers tot he questions asked.
Sinéad Woods, L&D Manager, Momentum Support

"Very informative and well organised event, with knowledgeable speakers who offered a practical, detailed approach to GDPR."
Nicola Power, HR & Compliance Executive, Safefood

"Found the day to be extremely informative and very helpful. The speakers were all excellent with in depth knowledge of the subject. We had done quite a lot of work on GDPR before attending but this filled the gaps for us and answered our queries."
Shirley Delaney, HR Manager, Megazyme

"Very informative"
Aisling Sullivan, HR Manager, Milestone Technologies

"Excellent speakers who clarified our outstanding queries on GDPR"
Jackie Walsh, Admin, Megazyme

Presenters


  • Deirdre Crowley
    Deirdre Crowley Partner in Employment & Technology Groups
    Matheson

    Deirdre Crowley is a partner in the Employment Law, Technology and Innovation Groups in Matheson. Deirdre’s sessions with us are always highly anticipated and her focus is on delivering an up to date and practical insights into the topic of the day. At the conference, we are going to hear from Deirdre about a very current topic – that of employer liability during these extraordinary and unprecedented times. You will leave here knowing the potential legal avenues open to an employee to pursue in a Covid-19 related employment, privacy and health and safety legal challenge. You will also leave with tips on how to mitigate your organisation’s exposure.

  • Eimear Boyle
    Eimear Boyle Senior Associate
    Matheson

    Eimear Boyle is a senior associate in the Employment Group and joined Matheson’s Cork office in 2019.

    Eimear has extensive corporate employment law and data protection expertise, and supports HR managers and directors, senior executives and business owners through the challenges of employee investigations, disciplinary proceedings and workplace litigation together with day-to-day employment contractual and policy queries and strategic HR planning.

  • Meg MacMahon
    Meg MacMahon Assistant Commissioner
    Data Protection Commission

    Meg Mac Mahon is a senior legal advisor in the Data Protection Commission. She acts as the lead investigator on large domestic and cross border inquiries and provides legal advice internally.

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Event details

Duration

9.15am - 1.00pm

Date

03 June 2021

Location

Newrow

Price

Early Bird Rate: €215 (deadline 5pm on Friday 7th May)
Standard Rate: €255

Save an additional €20 when you book and pay online