European Data Protection Digest

Examining the Communications Act 2011

PRIVACY LAW—EU & IRELAND

February 11, 2011

Matheson Ormsby Prentice examines the Communications Act 2011, which came into effect late last month to implement "Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data generated or processed by or in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks" and repeals Ireland's prior data retention law. The new act requires service providers to retain data and make it available to Irish authorities in specific instances and includes provisions addressing those obligations as well as security measures for the data. The act now brings Ireland's law into compliance with EU directives, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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