Steven Roberts: GDPR – Progress made but much still to be done

Steven Roberts: GDPR – Progress made but much still to be done

GDPR was supposed to offer consistency and clarity, acting as a pillar of the EU’s Digital Single Market. The reality is quite different.

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Data concerns at recording of licence plates for survey

Data concerns at recording of licence plates for survey

The engineer overseeing the €1bn Cork-to-Limerick road upgrade has responded to data protection and privacy concerns over the use of number-plate recognition cameras in a massive traffic survey.

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Facebook suspends dating feature after DPC raids Dublin offices

Facebook suspends dating feature after DPC raids Dublin offices

Facebook has suspended its plans to roll-out a new dating feature across the EU to coincide with St Valentine’s Day after the data protection watchdog raided its offices in Dublin.

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Passport Data Access Figures Revealed

Passport Data Access Figures Revealed

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has given out the personal passport data of citizens upon request from State authorities on more than 2,000 occasions since the beginning of 2019.

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Retaining 3.2m citizens’ data risks EU law breach

Retaining 3.2m citizens’ data risks EU law breach

The Department of Social Protection could be in breach of European law for retaining the historical data of 3.2m holders of the public service card (PSC) in an attempt to stop future welfare fraud.

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'Shocking' that govt using GDPR to hide spending of taxpayers' money, PAC hears

'Shocking' that govt using GDPR to hide spending of taxpayers' money, PAC hears

The Government has set a "seriously dangerous precedent" in using GDPR to hide the spending of taxpayers' money, it has been claimed.

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Rights group to bring ‘mass action’ against State over PSC

Rights group to bring ‘mass action’ against State over PSC

A digital rights advocacy body is to bring the country’s first “mass action” against the State regarding alleged infringements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the case of the Public Services Card (PSC).

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OPW removes visitor books from sites amid GDPR fears

OPW removes visitor books from sites amid GDPR fears

The OPW has removed visitor books from historical sites across the country amid fears about running foul of data protection laws.

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Helen Dixon reappointed as Commissioner for Data Protection for second term

Helen Dixon reappointed as Commissioner for Data Protection for second term

The Government has reappointed Helen Dixon as the head of its powerful Data Protection Commission for a second five-year term.

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Majority of 6,624 GDPR complaints deemed valid

Majority of 6,624 GDPR complaints deemed valid

More than 5,800 of the 6,200 complaints received by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May of last year have been deemed valid.

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Google to cooperate fully with data protection investigation

Google to cooperate fully with data protection investigation

The Data Protection Commissioner is investigating whether Google has breached the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the way it processes user data to provide personalised online advertising.

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Companies still confused about data protection requirements

Companies still confused about data protection requirements

It has been a year since GDPR legislation standardised data privacy across the EU, but how to comply has not always been obvious, says Mike Harris.

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Amazon ‘listens to what users say to Alexa’

Amazon ‘listens to what users say to Alexa’

The technology giant has confirmed it uses a ‘small sample’ of recordings from the voice assistant to help it improve the software’s responses.

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Hotel websites leaking customer details, study finds

Hotel websites leaking customer details, study finds

Angela Moon Two out of three hotel websites inadvertently leak guests’ booking details and personal data to third-party sites, including advertisers and analytics companies, according to research by cybersecurity firm Symantec.

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HSE and bank could fall foul of GDPR over fadas

HSE and bank could fall foul of GDPR over fadas

The State data watchdog is investigating the refusal of public bodies and private companies to properly spell Irish names after a television producer being treated for cancer alleged a breach of strict EU rules.

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Over 3,200 GDPR breaches logged

Over 3,200 GDPR breaches logged

More than 3,200 breaches of data have been reported to the Data Protection Commission in the seven months since the most comprehensive ever overhaul of EU privacy laws was introduced.

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Department feared GDPR breach by releasing anonymous political pension list

Department feared GDPR breach by releasing anonymous political pension list

The Department of Finance feared it could not publish an anonymised list of pensions for former ministers and officeholders as it would be too easy to identify them.

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Surge in privacy complaints to office of Data Protection Commissioner

Surge in privacy complaints to office of Data Protection Commissioner

There has been a surge in complaints and reports to the Data Protection Commissioner.

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Irish businesses report little change to operations following GDPR

Irish businesses report little change to operations following GDPR

According to a survey carried out one month on from the introduction of GDPR, most Irish companies say that they do not believe that it has not made any difference to their day-to-day operations.

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