Final text of the EU’s Data Act approved
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by Eoghan O'Keeffe and Mark Ellis
1M ago
On 27 November, the final text of the EU’s Data Act (the Act) was formally approved by the European Parliament and the European Council.  It will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU’s official journal, which is expected in the coming days. However, the majority of its provisions will only apply 20 months after it enters into force. Scope of the Act The Act, which takes the form of a directly applicable EU regulation, has three central focuses: remove obstacles to the process of switching between providers of “data processing services”  and the portability of dat ..read more
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The Bletchley Declaration: further evidence of the global legislative focus on Artificial Intelligence
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by Eoghan O'Keeffe
1M ago
At the start of November, the UK government hosted an AI Safety Summit, intended to provide a forum for in-depth discussions on the challenges and opportunities of AI technology. It attracted a wide array of senior stakeholders from across policy, business, academia and government and appears to show a UK desire to lead in this area. The opening day of the Summit saw the unveiling of the Bletchley Declaration (the Declaration) – a non-binding commitment agreed by the 27 countries whose delegates attended the Summit including USA, China, India and the EU. Although a voluntary declaration, lacki ..read more
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Government’s Legislative Programme indicates there may be a role for CCPC in regulating aspects of the DSA
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by Sean Dwyer
1M ago
The Irish Government published its Autumn Legislative Programme on 26 September and the eagerly awaited Digital Services Bill (the DSB) is included as one of the 27 bills to be prioritised for publication this session. This is somewhat unsurprising given that the DSB was previously listed in the Government’s Summer Legislative Programme as a bill to prioritise. However, there is one interesting contrast between the descriptions of the DSB provided in the Government’s Summer and Autumn Programmes. The Autumn Programme describes the purpose of the DSB as: “To implement Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 ..read more
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Coimisiún na Meán publishes notice of the designation of video-sharing platform services under the OSMR
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by Karina
1M ago
Following the consultation, the Coimisiún na Meán (CnaM) has today, 14 August 2023, published notice of the designation of video-sharing platform services (VSPSs) as a category of relevant online services the providers of which are under the jurisdiction of Ireland. This designation becomes effective on 11 September 2023. CnaM must designate VSPSs as a category of relevant online services under Section 139G of the Broadcasting Act 2009 as amended by the Online Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022 (OSMR). This designation is a necessary first step in ensuring that VSPSs comply with online safet ..read more
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Commissioner for Digital Services in Coimisiún na Meán to be Appointed
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by Caitriona
1M ago
On 19 July 2023, the Irish Government announced their intention to appoint John Evans as the Digital Services Commissioner in Coimisiún na Meán (CnaM). His appointment will take effect from 24 July 2023. As per Head 6 of the General Scheme of the Digital Services Bill which was published by the Irish government earlier this year, it is intended that Mr Evans will be responsible for coordinating the supervision and enforcement of the Digital Services Act (DSA) in Ireland as the Digital Services Commissioner. He will also be responsible for liaising and cooperating with the European Commission a ..read more
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Consultation launched on the designation of video-sharing platform services under the OSMR
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by Amaia
1M ago
On 28 June 2023, Coimisiún na Meán (CnaM) launched a consultation on the designation of video-sharing platform services (VSPSs) under the Online Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022 (the OSMR), amending the Broadcasting Act 2009. The OSMR transposes the revised Audio-Visual Media Services Directive into Irish law, which requires Member States to ensure that VSPSs take appropriate measures to protect young people from harmful content and protect the general public from illegal content. It also requires Member States to ensure that VSPSs comply with advertising standards. A VSPS is a service whe ..read more
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Coimisiún na Meán releases its Work Programme for 2023
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by Daniel Forde
1M ago
Introduction Following its establishment earlier this year, Coimisiún na Meán (the CNM) released its first work programme on 20 June 2023. This work programme (the 2023 Programme) sets out the primary objectives of the CNM for 2023 up to February 2024. The objectives in the 2023 Programme include the following: Implementing new regulatory regimes for how online service providers deal with harmful and illegal content; Regulating broadcasting and on-demand services; Supporting the development of the wider media sector with funding schemes, together with initiatives to promote the Irish language ..read more
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DMA: Consultation on the form of compliance report for gatekeepers now open
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by Claire Bulman
1M ago
On 6 June 2023, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a consultation on the template for the compliance report that designated “gatekeepers” will be required to submit annually under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Compliance Report for Gatekeepers A “core platform service” for the purposes of the DMA (for example, online search engines, web browsers and social networks) will qualify as a gatekeeper if it has: an annual turnover of at least €7.5 billion in the EU in the past three years or a market valuation of at least €75 billion; at least 45 million monthly end users and 10,000 ..read more
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An Garda Síochána appointed as a competent authority under the EU Terrorist Content Online Regulation
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by Caitriona
1M ago
On 31 May, Minister for Justice Simon Harris signed the European Union (Online Dissemination of Terrorist Content) (Designation of the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána as a Competent Authority) Regulations 2023 (the Regulations) into law. The Regulations designate An Garda Síochána as: the Irish competent authority for issuing removal orders in accordance with Article 3 of the EU Terrorist Content Online Regulation 2021/784 (the TCO); and the Irish contact point for clarification and feedback in relation to the removal orders that it issues. Article 3 TCO provides that a competent authorit ..read more
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The Bletchley Declaration: further evidence of the global legislative focus on Artificial Intelligence
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by Eoghan O'Keeffe
3M ago
At the start of November, the UK government hosted an AI Safety Summit, intended to provide a forum for in-depth discussions on the challenges and opportunities of AI technology. It attracted a wide array of senior stakeholders from across policy, business, academia and government and appears to show a UK desire to lead in this area. The opening day of the Summit saw the unveiling of the Bletchley Declaration (the Declaration) – a non-binding commitment agreed by the 27 countries whose delegates attended the Summit including USA, China, India and the EU. Although a voluntary declaration, lacki ..read more
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