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#Personal Data

# personal-data - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

Opinion: We need a modern framework for data protection – and we need it now

Data protection reform will need to rebuild the trust that has been shattered by numerous spying scandals and data breaches.

# personal-data - Thursday 18 September, 2014

From Business ETC ‘We’re not like them’: Apple boss takes jab at companies that monetise personal data Data

‘We’re not like them’: Apple boss takes jab at companies that monetise personal data

Tim Cook said in a letter on privacy that Apple doesn’t let government services access the company’s information.

# personal-data - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Column: Free Wi-Fi networks carry risks – but you can avoid them

Make sure you’re not freely handing away your personal data…

# personal-data - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

From Business ETC Google must delete your data if you ask, orders judge in landmark case Erasure

Google must delete your data if you ask, orders judge in landmark case

An EU court has ruled that a person can request certain information to be removed from search engines if “the data appears to be inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.”

# personal-data - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Column: Why has it taken so long for the DPC to investigate Shatter’s Prime Time comment?

It was almost a year ago that a complaint was made about the Minister for Justice telling Prime Time about Mick Wallace being cautioned by a garda over using his mobile phone while driving, writes William Campbell.

# personal-data - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

From Business ETC 20 million South Koreans affected by country’s largest-ever data theft Security Breach

20 million South Koreans affected by country’s largest-ever data theft

More than 1.15 million people have canceled or requested new credit cards after financial regulators announced the data theft.

# personal-data - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

Users of public wi-fi may have had personal details stolen

If you use public wi-fi systems, you should read this.

# personal-data - Friday 21 December, 2012

Poll: Should officials monitor jobseekers’ online employment searches? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should officials monitor jobseekers’ online employment searches?

If someone is claiming benefits, should the government be allowed to monitor their online job searches on an official website?

# personal-data - 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

# personal-data - Friday 17 February, 2012

More than 8,000 Eircom StudyHub customers hacked in data breach

Usernames and passwords were compromised in the attack on the exam support service.

# personal-data - 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.

# personal-data - Thursday 28 April, 2011

From Business ETC Amazon’s cloud crash disaster permanently destroyed many customers’ data Amazon

Amazon’s cloud crash disaster permanently destroyed many customers’ data

Last week’s web services crash yet to be fully explained by the internet giant.

# personal-data - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

THREE VOCATIONAL Education Committees have been contacted by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner because of concerns raised by parents about information being sought by some schools.

Five schools were targeted by the Data Commissioner, each of which requested information related to religious affiliation.

The form given to parents to fill out says that the information provided may be shared with other local primary schools.

Of the five schools concerns two are already operating and three are due to open in September.

In a letter to the VECs, the Commissioner outlined that religious affiliation is a sensitive area that has special protections under legislation.

It informs the VECs that if it requests such information it is necessary to explicitly outline who will have access to the information and for what purposes.

Speaking to RTÉ, Co Meath’s VEC said that wording was a mistake and they never meant to share information with other schools.

The Department of Education may be in breach of Data Protection legislation because of the way it gathering and processing students’ personal information.

Over the past number of years the Department of Education has been requesting – and sometimes obliging – both primary and second-level schools to gather and share students’ private information like PPS numbers, medical card status, or membership of the Travelling Community.

The Department of Education has said it takes any issue brought to its attention by the Data Protection Commissioner seriously. It said that arranging to gain explicit consent from parents in relation to the gathering sensitive pupil data.