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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 1°C

# Data Retention

28th November 2023
Garda Inspectors to be allowed ask for phone location data as law amended following Dwyer case
The current system was put in place following the striking down the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 on privacy grounds.
This year
Changes in laws brought about by Graham Dwyer EU Court of Justice ruling now in effect
The law was drafted last year in response to a judgement made by a European Court in the case of convicted murderer Graham Dwyer.
Last year
Justice Minister to introduce new legislation on data retention to help Gardaí
Justice Minister Helen McEntee received approval of Cabinet to draft the legislation to amend the law.
EU court rules in favour of Graham Dwyer in privacy case, paving way for murder conviction appeal
Dwyer claims that data gathered from his phone should not have been used at his trial.
All time
Department acknowledges no legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access services other than welfare
The agreement comes as part of a pre-trial agreement that resolves a court appeal the Department was taking against a ruling by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).
A court appeal has been dropped after an agreement between the Department of Social Protection and the Data Protection Commission.
In a 2019 ruling, the DPC had found that a PSC should not be required to receive State services such as a driver’s licence or passport.
A PSC is still required to apply for a Driving Licence online but the RSA says people can also apply in person without one.
Tusla 'accidentally disclosed' contact and location information of mother and child victim to alleged abuser
'I won't lower myself': Angry clashes at committee as Doherty defends government stance on PSC
Explainer: What happened with the Graham Dwyer data retention case in the Supreme Court?
Dwyer was convicted of the murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2015.
Supreme Court to refer Graham Dwyer data retention appeal to the EU's Court of Justice
Chief Justice Frank Clarke said the three central questions in the case “each involve difficult issues”.
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.
Graham Dwyer wins legal action over accessing of his mobile phone data
Dwyer’s legal team had argued that the use of this data was unconstitutional.
'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'
Parents are voicing their concerns over the Primary Online Education being rolled out in schools across the country.
Minister: Keeping data on students until they're 30 is 'reasonable'
The minister said she is satisfied the time limit doesn’t need to be changed – for now, at least.
Minister to reconsider keeping data on school children until they're 30
The Department’s plans for a national database have come under fire.
Only one country refused to allow Vodafone publish spying data...Ireland
Digital rights campaigners said that the Government is relying on ‘makey-uppy’ legal interpretations.
Major victory for Irish online rights group as ECJ strikes down EU mobile surveillance rules
Digital Rights Ireland hard argued that the rules requiring operators to keep call details were against fundamental rights.
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EU moves to impose €315k-a-day fines on Germany
Germany has had “a considerable amount of time” to bring data retention directive into law but still hasn’t done so, says European Commission.
Yahoo to extend its retention of online search records
Internet search engine reverses decision on deleting search data, saying it will retain personal information for 18 months.