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Notification Requirements Didn't Make Deadline

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

March 2, 2011

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes says a new code of practice that would have forced data breach notification cannot be enforced because it was not put it front of parliament before the last session's dissolution, reports The Irish Times. Hawkes said at a recent Irish Computer Society event that though he approved the code last year, it "does not have the force of law because the final step to give it such force was never taken," the report states. Hawkes said, "the code of practice that exists now is not legally binding--it's just strong recommendations." He added that he would like to see penalties put in place to "complement" notification requirements.
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