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# data-protection - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Data Protection Commissioner investigating secondary schools’ security flaw

The data watchdog has asked the manufacturer of potentially vulnerable software to provide a full list of affected schools.

# data-protection - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Irish pupils’ records at risk in major data protection threat Exclusive

A single username and password can be used to log into dozens of school management systems, TheJournal.ie can reveal.

# data-protection - Friday 21 September, 2012

From Business ETC Data Protection Commissioner satisfied with Facebook Ireland Billy Hawkes

Data Protection Commissioner satisfied with Facebook Ireland

Billy Hawkes’s office published the findings of its latest audit on the social media giant today.

# data-protection - Monday 17 September, 2012

From Business ETC Vodafone to pay €40k to charity to settle marketing breach Data Protection

Vodafone to pay €40k to charity to settle marketing breach

The Data Protection Commissioner settles a complaint with Vodafone over breaches of laws on unsolicited marketing.

# data-protection - Saturday 15 September, 2012

From Business ETC Read Me: Why Facebook is at a very tricky stage Data Protection

Read Me: Why Facebook is at a very tricky stage

The Data Protection Commissioner here is finalising a report on the social media giant, writes Eoin Lynch, and the findings will be closely watched by the tech-business world…

# data-protection - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Office of Data Protection Commissioner seeks technology advice

Ireland’s data regulator is looking for expert advice regarding the potential impact communications and security technologies are likely to have on data protection rights.

NAMA takes legal action against former employee over alleged data removal

The ‘bad bank’ is taking High Court action against a former employee who is alleged to have taken data without authorisation.

# data-protection - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Stolen unencrypted laptop contained details of 900 Bord Gais employees Exclusive

The personal information of around 900 Bord Gais employees was on the laptop which was stolen from the Dublin 1 office earlier this month.

# data-protection - Wednesday 30 May, 2012

From Business ETC Former Cameron aide and NoTW editor held on suspicion of perjury Andy Coulson

Former Cameron aide and NoTW editor held on suspicion of perjury

Andy Coulson detained by Scottish police at his home in London.

# data-protection - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Greyhound to collect on Dublin City Council bin bills

A dispute over Data Protection issues has been settled and bills will be issued immediately.

# data-protection - Monday 30 April, 2012

Data Commissioner dealt with record number of complaints in 2011

Billy Hawkes said his office received 1,161 complaints for investigation last year.

# data-protection - Friday 9 March, 2012

UK: Man arrested over abortion website attack UK

UK: Man arrested over abortion website attack

London police have arrested a man suspected of hacking into the website of a major British abortion provider, vandalising it, and stealing sensitive data – including names, addresses, and phone numbers.

# data-protection - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

From Business ETC Public views sought on data protection proposals Data Protection

Public views sought on data protection proposals

The Department of Justice is asking people to submit their views on the European Commission’s proposals to strengthen protections for individuals

# data-protection - Thursday 1 March, 2012

From Business ETC Google privacy policy changes are ‘in breach of EU law’ Google

Google privacy policy changes are ‘in breach of EU law’

The European Union justice commissioner has raised doubts about the legality of the changes the search giant has made to its privacy policy today.

# data-protection - Friday 24 February, 2012

From Business ETC White House calls on internet firms to strengthen privacy protection for users Data Protection

White House calls on internet firms to strengthen privacy protection for users

Barack Obama called on companies like Facebook and Google to engage with privacy advocates in order to establish voluntary codes of conduct aimed at protecting users.

# data-protection - Saturday 18 February, 2012

Go4Less acknowledges minor online data breach

The travel agency’s website had briefly shown details of some of its online customers, including passport details, to the public.

# data-protection - Monday 13 February, 2012

‘Hundreds’ of social welfare records in data protection breach

Three insurance companies admit to using a PI who illegally sourced data from within the Department of Social Protection.

# data-protection - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

No leak of Irish O2 users’ mobile numbers, company says O2

No leak of Irish O2 users’ mobile numbers, company says

O2 admitted that it had accidentally leaked online the mobile numbers of some customers in the UK.

# data-protection - Thursday 5 January, 2012

Minister for the Environment insists household charge site is “fully secure”

Phil Hogan was responding to criticisms by the Data Protection Commissioner earlier today who said it was a “somewhat disturbing development” that the gov

Data Protection Commissioner ‘concerned’ over household charge collection

Billy Hawkes said the State’s possible use of the ESB to gather information to collect the household charge is a “disturbing development”.

# data-protection - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

Facebook agrees to major privacy changes following DPC audit

The world’s largest social network will make significant changes to its privacy settings for worldwide users after an Irish audit.

# data-protection - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Data Commissioner concerned about CCTV in taxis

The Data Protection Commissioner is worried about the “proportionality and justification” for having cameras in Irish taxis which record pictures AND sound.

# data-protection - Friday 4 November, 2011

Second British MP apologises for dumping documents in bin

A local resident found material containing constituents’ details which were dumped outside Business Secretary Vince Cable’s constituency office.

# data-protection - Friday 26 August, 2011

Irish data chiefs set to test if Facebook ‘Like’ button is illegal Exclusive

The Data Protection Commissioner will be asked to investigate the legality of the ubiquitous ‘Like’ button in the coming days.

# data-protection - Thursday 25 August, 2011

‘No effort made to conceal’ bag found on Co Galway bog containing hospital records

The HSE has launched an investigation into the discovery of the documents yesterday.

# data-protection - Sunday 21 August, 2011

Six civil servants rapped for abusing social welfare database

Six staff at the Department of Social Protection have been investigated since 2009 for inappropriately accessing records.

Facebook’s ‘Like’ button could be in breach of EU law – German official

Data protection officials in one German state have ordered the Like button to be removed from websites, claiming a legal breach.

# data-protection - Thursday 11 August, 2011

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know…

# data-protection - Monday 8 August, 2011

Gardaí use database to check up on daughters’ boyfriends

The Data Protection Commissioner is conducting an audit of the Gardaí’s use of the Pulse database following a number of complaints.

# data-protection - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Hospital data breach wider than Tallaght, says CEO: report

Meanwhile, a Freephone number has been launched for Tallaght Hospital patients worried about their information.

# data-protection - Wednesday 3 August, 2011

Tallaght Hospital admits patient medical records were breached

It had previously denied allegations of a data breach.

# data-protection - Saturday 23 July, 2011

Medical data of Tallaght patients may have been breached

Medical records were given to a private firm to be transcribed and typed up.

# data-protection - Saturday 16 July, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Saturday

In your Fix for today: A cheaper route to Dublin airport?; the end of the World; a remorseful Archbishop; how the Taoiseach is spending his weekend; and why Ken Doherty has an issue with neck ties.

# data-protection - Monday 11 July, 2011

Scam texts pretend to be from… the Data Protection Commissioner

Office of DPC warns that phone messages purporting to be from them and asking for name, address and PPSN number are false.

# data-protection - Monday 4 July, 2011

Data watchdog received 25 election-related complaints

Over two dozen members of the public have made official complaints after politicians tried to access their personal information.

# data-protection - Wednesday 15 June, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

All the news of the day, plus some bits and pieces you may have missed…

# data-protection - Monday 13 June, 2011

FBI to ease restrictions on agents’ investigative powers FBI

FBI to ease restrictions on agents’ investigative powers

The FBI is due to release a new edition of its manual that will endow agents with new powers to monitor people who have caught their attention – including rummaging through their rubbish and putting surveillance teams on targets.

# data-protection - Wednesday 8 June, 2011

Daily Fix: Wednesday

All the day’s news, and the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# data-protection - Monday 30 May, 2011

From Business ETC Schools forced to remove CCTV systems by Data Protection Commissioner Data Protection

Schools forced to remove CCTV systems by Data Protection Commissioner

The Data Protection Commissioner’s report for 2010 says investigation revealed inappropriate access to insurance data as well as two cases where school has to remove CCTV cameras.

# data-protection - Friday 22 April, 2011

From Business ETC Data Protection Commissioner wants Apple to explain tracking feature IPhone Tracking

Data Protection Commissioner wants Apple to explain tracking feature

The Irish DPC Billy Hawkes called on the tech giant to be more transparent about its tracking feature which has caused much controversy in recent days.