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# billy-hawkes - All time

Meet the new boss in charge of protecting all our data
# New Job
# New Job

Meet the new boss in charge of protecting all our data

Sep 10th 2014, 4:05 PM 8,116 Views 15 Comments

So long, Billy Hawkes. Hello, Helen Dixon.

The Data Protection Commissioner is getting a new office, but keeping the one beside a convenience store in Laois
# Moving On Up
# Moving On Up

The Data Protection Commissioner is getting a new office, but keeping the one beside a convenience store in Laois

May 31st 2014, 7:15 AM 12,364 Views 29 Comments

The DPC is to open a new sub office in Dublin following Cabinet agreement this week.

The Data Protection Commissioner is very worried about the new postcode system. Here's why...
# Eircode
# Eircode

The Data Protection Commissioner is very worried about the new postcode system. Here's why...

May 12th 2014, 10:45 PM 46,845 Views 118 Comments

The office says that “in the Irish context, a person’s home address is an important part of their identity.

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

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

Apr 5th 2014, 5:30 PM 148 Views 30 Comments

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.

"General snooping" likely reason gardaí looked up model 80 times --- Data Commissioner
# Pulse Checks
# Pulse Checks

"General snooping" likely reason gardaí looked up model 80 times --- Data Commissioner

Mar 22nd 2014, 1:03 PM 30,625 Views 94 Comments

An audit of the force’s data system found that the records of several high-profile people had been accessed inappropriately.

Garda whistleblowers' use of PULSE system criticised by Data Commissioner
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

Garda whistleblowers' use of PULSE system criticised by Data Commissioner

Mar 21st 2014, 2:11 PM 9,142 Views 68 Comments

The Garda Commissioner has said he shares the concerns “and I have expressed my disquiet about this publically on several occasions”.

Private answers: Irish people are now less worried about social media security
# Snoop Logs
# Snoop Logs

Private answers: Irish people are now less worried about social media security

Jan 27th 2014, 5:14 PM 6,882 Views 16 Comments

Over two-thirds of people feel they have had their privacy breached, with a rise in unsolicited emails and texts.

Committee should be 'unhindered' in investigating garda whistleblower files
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

Committee should be 'unhindered' in investigating garda whistleblower files

Nov 22nd 2013, 11:31 AM 3,983 Views 8 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee has been asked to hand back files it has received alleging abuse of the penalty points system.

Gardaí investigate as 1.5 million affected by Loyaltybuild data breach
# Data Theft
# Data Theft

Gardaí investigate as 1.5 million affected by Loyaltybuild data breach

Nov 13th 2013, 8:47 AM 6,809 Views 19 Comments

Customers are being advised to check for unusual transactions over the last month.

Data Protection Commissioner 'not surprised' by US surveillance programme
# Information
# Information

Data Protection Commissioner 'not surprised' by US surveillance programme

Jun 10th 2013, 12:47 PM 5,398 Views 59 Comments

Billy Hawkes said that his concern might be that there would be an abuse of powers that have been granted for legitimate reasons.

'Worrying degree of inappropriate access' to welfare information
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

'Worrying degree of inappropriate access' to welfare information

May 20th 2013, 3:16 PM 12,037 Views 34 Comments

One HSE employee searched the social welfare records of their son’s girlfriend.

Data Protection Commissioner investigating secondary schools' security flaw
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Data Protection Commissioner investigating secondary schools' security flaw

Oct 23rd 2012, 7:05 AM 5,638 Views 18 Comments

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

Data Protection Commissioner satisfied with Facebook Ireland
# Billy Hawkes
# Billy Hawkes

Data Protection Commissioner satisfied with Facebook Ireland

Sep 21st 2012, 3:22 PM 2,964 Views 8 Comments

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

Data Commissioner dealt with record number of complaints in 2011
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Data Commissioner dealt with record number of complaints in 2011

Apr 30th 2012, 12:20 PM 1,442 Views 1 Comment

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

Eircom criticised by DPC over slow reporting of laptop data breach
# Security
# Security

Eircom criticised by DPC over slow reporting of laptop data breach

Feb 10th 2012, 9:15 AM 3,396 Views 31 Comments

Bank account details of some 550 customers may be at risk as Eircom has only now revealed a data breach that occurred last year.

Minister for the Environment insists household charge site is "fully secure"
# Household Charge
# Household Charge

Minister for the Environment insists household charge site is "fully secure"

Jan 5th 2012, 3:39 PM 3,704 Views 53 Comments

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

Schools forced to remove CCTV systems by Data Protection Commissioner
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Schools forced to remove CCTV systems by Data Protection Commissioner

May 30th 2011, 4:08 PM 927 Views 0 Comments

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 Commissioner wants Apple to explain tracking feature
# IPhone Tracking
# IPhone Tracking

Data Protection Commissioner wants Apple to explain tracking feature

Apr 22nd 2011, 12:29 PM 1,234 Views 0 Comments

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.