Regulating the Information Society: Data Protection and Ireland's Internet Industry

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Title: Regulating the Information Society: Data Protection and Ireland's Internet Industry
Authors: McIntyre, T.J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11526
Date: 2020
Online since: 2020-09-01T13:02:56Z
Abstract: Ireland has become a global hub for personal information as internet firms headquartered in Dublin collectively gather and use information on billions of users. Has Ireland been a responsible steward of the data these firms control? This chapter examines the approach taken by the Irish state, tracing the evolution of data protection governance and its application to the internet industry. The chapter starts by outlining the regulatory context. It argues that regulation in this area has been hampered by a weak legislative framework and significant under-resourcing. Using Facebook as a case study, it examines how this has in turn prompted international pressure for stronger Irish regulation. The Irish government response is discussed, and the chapter assesses the impact of the resulting commitment to “best in class” data protection regulation. The chapter concludes by arguing that the state has yet to fully engage with the wider issues presented by its new role as a key jurisdiction for the internet industry, with data protection being just one of the aspects which need more attention.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Keywords: General Data Protection RegulationGDPRFacebookRegulationIrish government
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Farrell, D.M. and Hardiman N. (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Irish Politics
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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