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Call for Data Breach Notification Law

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

April 16, 2010

On the heels of the Data Protection Commissioner's annual report, which revealed a 50 percent increase in the number of data breaches, an Irish Times article says it is time for Ireland to legislate mandatory data breach disclosure. Without a notification law, "citizens cannot even take the most basic steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of identity theft," writes Karlin Lillington. "We cannot sit about and wait for years for the subject to come back onto Europe's agenda." Lillington notes that although the government is working on legislation to allow for the retention of "huge amounts of sensitive data...little has been done to protect such data--as the Data Protection Commissioner's report makes all too clear."
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