Staff error blamed for data breaches at Passport Office

More than 50 data breaches have been reported by the Passport Service to the Data Commission since the start of 2018.

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30 nations pitch internet security rules amid Huawei concern

The non-binding proposals were published at the end of a two-day meeting in Prague.

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Sensitive patient records found on Cork city street

Documents with sensitive patient data identifying children and adults, details of surgical procedures, and reasons for missing appointments have been found on a busy city-centre street in Cork.

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No action taken against tech companies despite 2,000 complaints in 2018

No action has been taken against tech companies in Ireland despite 2,000 complaints being made in the last year.

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Microsoft users' emails exposed in data breach

Microsoft has confirmed that some of its email services have been breached by hackers, with the contents of some user emails exposed by the attack.

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Possible data breach being investigated at Galway hospital after patients receive scam letter

A number of patients had raised concerns after receiving a letter in the post from an organisation calling itself the Anglo American Lottery.

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Data Protection Commissioner says GDPR shouldn't prevent publication of ministers' pensions

The Data Protection Commissioner has said she “can’t see any reason” why the introduction of GDPR should prohibit the Government from publishing pension payments to former senior office holders.

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Investigations into 15 tech companies have been opened as data breaches increase 70%

There was a 70% rise in the number of data breaches in Ireland last year since new GDPR laws were brought in.

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Department of Social Protection won’t release report on services card

The Department of Social Protection is refusing to reveal information on the Data Protection Commissioner’s investigation into the lawfulness of the public services card.

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Data protection laws make finding candidates for local elections more difficult

New data protection laws are making it difficult to find candidates for May's local elections because of the extra work involved.

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China link to Marriott hotels data breach

China has been linked to a hack on the Marriott hotels giant and its Starwood reservation system — one of the world’s largest-ever data breaches, Reuters said in an exclusive report.

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Quora reveals data breach affecting up to 100 million users

The company said it was in the process of notifying affected users.

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Owner of Dublin's Westin Hotel caught up in global data breach affecting up to 500 million customers

Marriott has announced 500 million guests' data may have been exposed during breaches in a reservation database that began in 2014.

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1,250 requests to access private data

State agencies have made more than 1,250 disclosure requests to access people’s private online information from internet companies over the last five years, new figures show.

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Who owns your data and who decides on access to it?

State agencies’ power to access your phone and internet data has long been dogged by controversy. It has been challenged by successive court rulings and, last month, a judge said there was an ‘urgency’ to clearing up the law. So what is going on in the spying game, asks Security Correspondent Cormac O’Keeffe.

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Consumers told to protect their data when shopping for Black Friday deals

Consumers hungry for Black Friday deals have been warned to protect their personal data when shopping online.

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More than 5,000 affected by Park by Phone data breach

More than 5,000 people have been affected by the data breach at Cork City’s Park by Phone service, it emerged last night.

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UCD Students' Union suspends Leap Cards over data protection fears

The Students' Union at University College Dublin says it has suspended the sale of student Leap Cards because of concerns over data protection.

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Stolen Eir laptop decrypted by faulty update; 37,000 customers affected by data breach

Around 37,000 Eir customers have been hit by a security breach after a staff laptop was stolen.

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Dixons Carphone data breach affected millions more than first thought

The company said the hack saw around 10 million records containing personal data accessed.

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GDPR: Everything you need to know about the new data laws

Find out how the new data laws affect the general public and businesses.

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EU’s data law will be ‘global standard’

The EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become the “global standard”, an Irish expert has warned — as 100 IBM executives descend on Washington DC to implore Congress not to introduce similar rules in the US.

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Warning to businesses after three companies admit sending unsolicited marketing messages

AA Ireland along with two other companies, The Dublin Mint Office Ltd and Viking Direct Ireland Ltd pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court today of sending or making unsolicited marketing calls, text messages and emails, which can result in a fine of up to €5,000 per offence.

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WhatsApp boss Jan Koum to leave Facebook amid data scandal

WhatsApp chief executive Jan Koum is breaking ties with his company's parent, Facebook, amid a privacy scandal that has dogged the social network for weeks.

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Facebook to target 'dark ads' ahead of abortion referendum

Facebook will launch transparency tools in Ireland on April 25 targeting "dark ads" ahead of the abortion referendum.

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Independent News and Media announces protection plan following data breach

Independent News and Media has announced a plan to protect journalists data.

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Department refutes claims state could be in breach of data laws on Public Services Card

Update 7.30pm: A legal expert has warned the state could be liable to pay compensation to the three million people who have a Public Services Card.

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