In recent weeks a leading Irish insurance company has started incentivizing customers to buy and install dashcams in their cars.

While this has obvious benefits to the insurance policy holder (saving money) and may help to promote better road user behaviour, it’s important to bear in mind that the recording of images in this way

  • may fall within the scope of EU and National Data Protection Law
  • the shared purpose between the insurer and the insured will create a “Joint Controller” relationship
  • obligations and responsibilities come with the power to process and publish personal information that directly or indirectly identifies others.

Dashcam Guidance November 2018

(Here’s a link to an old blog post on similar issues pre-G


Daragh O Brien

Daragh O Brien

Daragh is the founder and Managing Director of Castlebridge. He brings over twenty years of experience in data strategy and regulatory operations to the table for clients. He lectures in the School of Law in UCD and in the Law Society of Ireland on Data Protection and Data Governance. He is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and holds CIPP/E and CIPM certifications from the IAPP and other data management qualifications.