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Tuesday 6 January, 2015

Opinion: Embarrassing photos posted online? There are ways of having them removed...
# Embarrassing Pictures
# Embarrassing Pictures

Opinion: Embarrassing photos posted online? There are ways of having them removed...

Jan 6th 2015, 1:09 PM 1,139 Views 9 Comments

In the age of smartphones, embarrassing pictures of our more indiscreet behaviour can have a way of haunting us.

Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Opinion: Government ideas for whistleblower laws are too weak to ever be used
# Protecting Whistleblowers
# Protecting Whistleblowers

Opinion: Government ideas for whistleblower laws are too weak to ever be used

Jun 24th 2014, 7:30 PM 84 Views 21 Comments

It’s hard to see how anything in the proposed whistleblower Bill will provide real incentive for people to come forward with information about wrongdoing.

Monday 7 April, 2014

Column: If you take photos of people without their knowledge, you're being a creep
# Stranger Shaming
# Stranger Shaming

Column: If you take photos of people without their knowledge, you're being a creep

Apr 7th 2014, 7:30 PM 162,094 Views 73 Comments

We need to start taking privacy in public places seriously, starting by not sharing images made without the subject’s consent – after all, next time, it could be you, writes Fergal Crehan.

Friday 15 November, 2013

Column: The Loyaltybuild breach shows it's time to take data protection seriously
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The Loyaltybuild breach shows it's time to take data protection seriously

Nov 15th 2013, 7:00 PM 72 Views 9 Comments

In countries lucky enough not to have suffered under a police state, data protection concerns do not always alarm the ordinary citizen. We need to wake up, writes Fergal Crehan.

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Sunday 11 August, 2013

Column: Making threats over the internet is a crime, but sometimes anonymity is needed
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Making threats over the internet is a crime, but sometimes anonymity is needed

Aug 11th 2013, 12:00 PM 992 Views 53 Comments

Before we remove the masks of users online, we need to look at both the pros and cons of being anonymous on the internet, writes Fergal Crehan.

Thursday 25 July, 2013

Column: Striking the balance between freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Striking the balance between freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial

Jul 25th 2013, 7:00 AM 560 Views 11 Comments

Public interest, freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial: all these factors form a carefully-balanced relationship between the media and criminal justice system. But just how clear-cut is the law? asks Fergal Crehan.

Wednesday 6 March, 2013

Column: We already have all the laws we need to tackle online abuse
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We already have all the laws we need to tackle online abuse

Mar 6th 2013, 7:00 PM 43 Views 10 Comments

Proposals to introduce legislation to “curb” social media use are an unnecessary attack on free speech, writes Fergal Crehan.

Saturday 3 March, 2012

Column: Ignore the conspiracy theories - the household charge must be paid
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Ignore the conspiracy theories - the household charge must be paid

Mar 3rd 2012, 8:15 AM 405 Views 212 Comments

There is an increasing amount of gibberish masquerading as legal fact about things like the household charge, writes Fergal Crehan. It’s dangerous and it needs to end.