The Friday Briefing: General Data Protection Legislation & Trade Unions

9 March 2018, 10:30 - 12:00

This will focus the new General Data Protection Regulation which is due to take effect here on May 25, 2018.

The Briefing will be given by Esther Lynch, ETUC Confederal Secretary with responsibility for trade union actions in the field of labour law at EU level.

The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679), entered into force on 25 May 2016. It will apply from 25 May 2018. The new Regulation introduces some important new rights for workers, such as the right to portability of their data and it enhances some existing rights, including important clarification on consent in the employment relationship. The Regulation will also have implications for how trade unions manage their data.

This briefing session will examine the implications of the changes for workers and their trade unions. It will provide an opportunity discuss how trade unions can make the most of the new and enhanced rights to better protect workers including in the context of the increasing use of CCTV, GPS and other surveillance technology in the workplace. The briefing session will also be of interest to senior union officials and those responsible for data protection in affiliated trade unions.

Esther Lynch serves as a Confederal Secretary with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) where her responsibilities include the Health & Safety dossier. Esther has extensive trade union and legal experience at Irish, European and international level.  She is responsible for trade union actions in the field of Labour Law at EU level. She holds a BSc in Management and Law. Is certified in Corporate Governance and remains a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the National University of Ireland (Maynooth).


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