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Data Protection Guidance Paper and Event

The Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO) Committee have recently created a new guidance paper – ‘Data Protection by Design – Making it Effective’. The paper provides advice and examples of how organisations can practically integrate the principles of data protection by design into their data protection programmes, as well as how they can demonstrate the effectiveness of the adopted measures.  To mark the launch of ...

   Thursday, November 25th


Blog Post: Where to Now? The Uncertain Future of UK Data Protection Laws – By Jared Browne

The UK has left the EU, and since the 28 June, it has the long-desired adequacy decision that recognises the equivalency of its data protection laws, and so, allows it to continue trading seamlessly with the EU bloc of countries.  Now, however, emboldened perhaps, by its new-found freedom, and determined to advance the interests of its domestic digital economy, it published a 146-page consultation paper ...

   Friday, October 22nd


Web Accessibility Directive Series Update

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA) have been holding a series of information seminars and training webinars on the new EU Web Accessibility Directive, which was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020. The directive requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards. Over 270 people joined the first information seminar ...

   Friday, October 22nd


Web Accessibility Directive Training Series

The EU Web Accessibility Directive was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020 and requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards.The Irish Computer Society (ICS), in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA), is holding a series of 3 information seminars and 3 follow up training webinars on the Directive. The series is relevant to all public ...

   Monday, September 20th


Choose your ADPO programme for 2021

Thanks to everyone who responded to our survey on the topics you wished to see covered at DP Conference 2021. We have included the most popular items in our 2021 agenda. We now wish to gain your views on data protection challenges you and your organisation currently face and topics you would like us to cover in 2021. We prepared a short survey, which includes only 5 questions  ...

   Tuesday, December 1st


Reskill as a business analyst for free!

Up to 100% funding is now available for our Certificate in Business Analysis course via Sprigboard+ in January 2021.The Level 8 course is for anyone who wants to advance and certify their skills in this important and growing area.The course is currently being run completely online - meaning you can join from anywhere in the country.Many people across Ireland have been made redundant or ...

  Friday, November 20th


Watch the webinar: Schrems II & Data Flows

Listen back to our webinar on the implications of the recent Schrems II ruling and what this means for the legitimacy of international data flows. Thank you to guest speakers Martin Sloan from Brodies LLP and Trace Founder, Sorcha Lorimer. The webinar includes thoughts and independent opinions on International data flows: background & Standard Contractual Clauses Schrems II ruling: a recap and update Brexit and ...

  Friday, November 20th


Free Web Accessibility Training Nov 26/27

Register now for free Web Accessibility training for anyone involved in creating web content and electronic documents.This module focuses on the methods to create and manage digitally accessible files in line with The EU Web Accessibility Directive 2016/2102, using MS Word, PowerPoint, and PDF.We limit the number of people on this course to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions, ...

  Friday, November 20th


Ireland ranks 5th in 2021 DESI report

The European Commission published the results of the 2021 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) earlier this month. Ireland ranks 5th of the 27 EU countries in the 2021 edition preceded only by Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.   The index shows that:  Ireland performs very well on the integration of digital technology, and maintains its high scores in the use of e-commerce by SMEs e.g. ...

   Thursday, November 25th


Data Protection Guidance Paper and Event

The Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO) Committee have recently created a new guidance paper – ‘Data Protection by Design – Making it Effective’. The paper provides advice and examples of how organisations can practically integrate the principles of data protection by design into their data protection programmes, as well as how they can demonstrate the effectiveness of the adopted measures.  To mark the launch of ...

   Thursday, November 25th


New ICS Council Officers

At the recent ICS Annual General Meeting earlier in November, the ICS Council appointed its new officers for the coming year.  Following the end of his term, Mike Hinchey stood down as president after three years in the position. We would like to thank Mike for his time and commitment to ICS.  Declan Brady was appointed as the new ICS President and Professor Tiziana ...

   Friday, November 12th


Web Accessibility Directive Series Update

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA) have been holding a series of information seminars and training webinars on the new EU Web Accessibility Directive, which was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020. The directive requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards. Over 270 people joined the first information seminar ...

   Friday, October 22nd


Citizens’ Jury Report on Health Information

“People should be the owners of their own health data” is the recommendation from a recent examination carried out by the Irish Platform for Patients Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI) During six sessions organised by IPPOSI, 'jurors' cross-examined the evidence and deliberated together to arrive at a “verdict” on who should have access to their health information and for what purposes. The 25 strong jury ...

   Wednesday, September 22nd


Declan Brady New CEPIS Deputy President

Irish Computer Society Council Member and Vice President Declan Brady has been appointed Deputy President of CEPIS – the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies. Declan is a chartered IT professional with over 25 years’ experience. He also has considerable experience as an international representative of the ICS, having been a member of CEPIS Executive Committee since 2003 as well as chair of the CEPIS Task Force ...

   Wednesday, September 22nd


Web Accessibility Directive Training Series

The EU Web Accessibility Directive was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020 and requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards.The Irish Computer Society (ICS), in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA), is holding a series of 3 information seminars and 3 follow up training webinars on the Directive. The series is relevant to all public ...

   Monday, September 20th


Adult Literacy for Life Strategy Launch

Adult Literacy for Life Strategy Launch Earlier this month, the government launched its Adult Literacy for Life - 10 year Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Strategy. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital landscape and brought technology to the forefront of all aspects of day-to-day life, yet as the strategy details almost 1 in 2 (47%) adults in Ireland lack basic digital skills. This lack of skills ...

  Wednesday, September 8th