Many of Ireland’s companies are “unaware of their responsibilities in collecting, storing and destroying data,” writes data protection consultant Fintan Lawlor in The Independent. Noting recent fines handed down by courts and the data protection commissioner (DPC), as well as reputational risks, Lawlor advises companies take steps to become compliant with EU data protection laws. It’s important companies determine whether they need to register as a data controller with the DPC, explain to customers what data is being collected on them and ensure that the data collected is necessary and relevant to the purposes for which it is being collected, Lawlor says.
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