“Retention of Data Bill is an unbelieveable farce”

They’re not our words (though we’d agree) but those of Adrian Weckler writing in the Sunday Business Post. Here’s an excerpt: Unbelievable. That is the only word to describe the loophole that the new Retention of Data bill has created. For those who missed it,...
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More thoughts on the Data Retention Bill

Daithi MacSithigh has put together a summary of problems with the Bill – cross posted here with his permission: The Minister for Justice in Ireland published the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill last week: it was made available on the Oireachtas website (and brought...
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Thoughts on the new Data Retention Bill

The Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009, published last week, has caused a bit of a stir in this morning’s newspapers. It will give effect to EU Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC of 15 March 2006 (blogged here) which recently survived challenge by the Irish Government...
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“If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear”

Speaking on the Last Word with Matt Cooper earlier today FF TD Niall Collins trotted out that old canard – “if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear” – in relation to the new data retention bill. Curiously, when asked if he’d be...
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Why Ireland needs a data breach warning law

This piece appeared in the Sunday Business Post recently summarising why we think it’s time you had a right to be told if your personal information is lost or stolen. Here’s an excerpt: In the last year alone, multiple cases have come to light: notably Bank of...
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Data Retention Bill to be published today

Several Irish sources are reporting (Irish Times | Examiner) that the Data Retention Bill will be published today and will seek to establish a two year retention period for phone records, with one year for email and internet traffic. More details as they emerge. Oops –...
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