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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Data Protection Commissioner

This year
Gardaí and delivery firm Fastway among those reprimanded by watchdog for data breaches in 2022
The Data Protection Commission said there were 5,828 GDPR data breaches reported last year, down 12% on 2021.
All time
Facebook should be fined up to €36 million over 'serious' GDPR breaches, says Data Commissioner
The decision comes on foot of a complaint made by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems.
'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues
A report by
Ian Curran
The Data Protection Commission’s final 250-plus page decision could be significant for the application of GDPR.
Some of the information provided by WhatsApp to users was described as "unnecessarily ambiguous" and "ill-defined".
Non-users of WhatsApp were given no information about why the company was processing their mobile phone numbers.
Engaging with WhatsApp's Privacy Policy during the inquiry was described as a "needlessly frustrating exercise".
Data regulator wrote repeatedly to Mother & Baby Home Commission about handling of sensitive testimony
The Data Protection Commissioner raised concerns about the handling of survivor testimony and delays in responding to queries.
Personal data of customers 'inadvertently' leaked online
The Data Protection Commissioner has been notified.
Sinn Féin appointed officer to manage voter database only after being contacted by DPC
The so-called “Abú system” has become the source of controversy in recent days.
Gardaí begin probe of Fastway cyber attack
The Garda probe is the second to be launched as the Data Protection Commission are also carrying out an assessment.
Data Protection Commissioner: Transfer of Mother and Baby Homes records to Dept could be 'high risk'
Around 100,000 records are expected to be moved to the Department of Children next week.
'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony
People who spent time in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes say they have been “re-traumatised” by recent developments.
Data watchdog has 'serious doubts' over whether social welfare inspectors acted lawfully at airports
The Data Protection Commission is seeking further clarity from the department over the actions of social welfare inspectors at airports.
Court rules against Data Protection Commissioner in long-running case sparked by 'Isis' graffiti in hospice
CCTV was checked to try and trace who did the graffiti. A worker was subsequently disciplined when spotted taking unauthorised breaks on the footage.
'I won't lower myself': Angry clashes at committee as Doherty defends government stance on PSC
There were testy exchanges between the minister and committee members in the Oireachtas this morning.
Pulling mandatory PSC for passports had 'whole of government repercussions', civil servants warned
New documents have shown how the Passport Office considered its options before pulling the PSC as a mandatory requirement.
Senior civil servant said media outlets had 'agenda' against the Public Services Card
The government’s chief information officer singled out the Irish Times in a mail sent to other senior civil servants.
Minister accused of damaging Ireland's reputation by appealing the Data Commissioner's PSC findings
The minister says she has no choice but to appeal the findings in court.
Civil servants were told to look at replacing the Medical Card with the Public Services Card
As recently as June this year, the government was exploring this as a possibility.
Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport
The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.
Government claims that withdrawal of PSC could be illegal as it sets up battle with data watchdog
A long-awaited probe into the legality of the card was published this evening.
Taoiseach: 'Anyone that reads the law will understand why we disagree with the Data Commissioner's report'
The Taoiseach confirmed that the government has yet to file any court documents appealing findings by the Data Protection Commissioner.
The Explainer: Why is there so much controversy over the Public Services Card?
It’s a saga that has been rumbling on for years – but what exactly is it all about?
Shane Ross says his officials were 'vindicated' over stance on Public Services Card for driving tests
The decision was made in March 2018 to not make the controversial card mandatory for a driving test.
Data Protection Commission notified over 2018 breach by State Examinations Commission
The breach, which occurred last year, affected 64 medical card holders.
Government will 'very seriously' consider commissioner's report into Public Services Card
The Data Protection Commissioner reject Government claims that making the card a requirement for services was lawful.
Department told to destroy documents belonging to 3.2 million citizens it kept after PSC applications
The Data Protection Commissioner has found that there is no lawful basis for retaining information from PSC applications.
'Misleading' to claim having PSC makes applying for driver's licence easier, Data Protection Commissioner says
The National Driver’s Licence Service says that having a PSC “simplifies” the process of application.
No legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access State services other than welfare, landmark probe finds
The Data Protection Commissioner’s long-awaited report has huge implications for the controversial card.
Department seeks judicial review after watchdog rules child benefit data collection unlawful
It comes after an individual made a complaint about the repeated requests to provide information to claim child benefit.
'Answers are overdue': Almost a year on, it's still unclear if probe into legality of PSC will be published
The Department of Social Protection says a “decision will made” once the full report becomes available.
Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in EU-US data transfer case
The decision comes after the High Court referred a number of questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Facebook says whatever fine it faces over password breach is matter for Irish data watchdog
The Data Protection Commissioner has launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook’s password storage breach.
Debt collector data breach results in some mortgage-holders' details being compromised
The breach resulted in names, contact information, and financial details being compromised.
'I would have the legs cut off me': Doherty says she won't release PSC report until she's given go-ahead
Minister Regina Doherty clashed with Mick Wallace over the Public Services Card earlier this week.
Aer Lingus exposed over 100 job applicants' details in an email blunder
Candidates’ email addresses were accidentally shared with other jobseekers.
Data watchdog seeks urgent meeting with Facebook over plans to merge Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger
Facebook is said to be planning to integrate its various message platforms, but the Data Protection Commissioner wants clarity.
Government won't release Public Services Card report due to 'public interest' fears
The group intends to appeal this decision to the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Irish data watchdog told only small amount of EU accounts affected in Facebook data breach
On Friday, Facebook reported that up to 50 million accounts were breached in a security flaw.
Watch: What on earth is GDPR, and what does it mean for you?
We sat down with the Data Protection Commissioner’s Graham Doyle this afternoon to suss out what the biggest data protection legislation in generations entails for Ireland.
The EU's biggest data protection regulation in 30 years hits this Friday - and we want to hear your questions on it
We’ll be holding a Facebook Live tomorrow afternoon on the subject. If you have any questions now’s the time to have your say.
A patient's medical chart 'was found on top of a glass cabinet in a hospital'
The special report on the hospitals sector was carried out in 20 Irish hospitals.
All young drivers 'should have tracking devices installed to reduce car insurance costs'
Junior Minister Michael D’Arcy said young people are choosing to pay higher premiums rather than have the devices installed in their cars.