On 25 February 2021, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner ("DPC") released its 2020 annual report ("Report"). The Report relates to the second full year of the operation of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and the Law Enforcement Directive (EU) 2016/680. It was a busy year for the DPC and the Report details the extensive span of the DPC's regulatory work. It discusses the large scale inquiries the DPC has undertaken; complaints and breach notifications received; special projects relating to children and cookies; its focus on issuing guidance useful to individuals and controllers; and the impact and challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit.
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