The Irish High Court finds that the Irish Competition Authority has exceeded its dawn raid powers in seizing digital material in bulk (CRH / CCPC)

Introduction In CRH plc v The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission [1] the Irish High Court found that the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”) had exceeded its dawn raid powers in seizing digital material in bulk. The High Court granted orders preventing the CCPC from reviewing the seized material pending the agreement of a procedure to sift the in-scope material from the out-of-scope material. The judgment casts doubt on the ability of the CCPC to bulk seize digital data during dawn raids and highlights the importance of protecting individuals and companies’ right to privacy when conducting investigations in respect of breaches of competition law. Background On 14 May 2015, the CCPC carried out a dawn raid at the premises of Irish Cement Limited

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  • McCann FitzGerald (Dublin)
  • McCann FitzGerald (Brussels)

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Catherine Derrig, Laura Treacy, The Irish High Court finds that the Irish Competition Authority has exceeded its dawn raid powers in seizing digital material in bulk (CRH / CCPC), 5 April 2016, e-Competitions April 2016, Art. N° 81464

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