Data Privacy Day: Three Hot Button Issues in Ireland

Data Privacy Day (DPD), celebrated annually on Jan. 28, is an international effort centred on “Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.” As data protection issues have moved into the sphere of broad consumer interest here in Ireland, one of the ways...
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DRI’s Unchanged Position on Eircode

DRI has previously outlined concerns about privacy arising from flaws in the proposed National Postcode System known as eircode. We believe that the eircode project, as currently conceived, creates significant privacy and data protection issues. There are also other issues with...
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Leaked: European Parliament legal opinion on data retention

Our friends at Access have obtained a copy of the much anticipated European Parliament legal opinion on data retention the day before it is due to be considered by the Parliament. This is a report by the Parliament’s Legal Service which sets out an authoritative...
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Irish government intervenes in Microsoft data access case

The US government is trying to force Microsoft demanding that it turn over user emails held in its Dublin facilities based on a US search warrant. The government of Ireland has now intervened in the case, filing an amicus curiae brief with the Court. It has raised issues of...
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DRI files court brief in support of Microsoft against US access to Irish data

You might have noticed that the US government is bringing a case against Microsoft demanding that it turn over user emails held in its Dublin facilities based on a US search warrant. This is a worrying overreach: the US authorities are seeking information held in Ireland, about a...
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Irish data sharing proposals – submission with Castlebridge Associates

DRI has teamed up with the ever knowledgeable data protection and information experts at Castlebridge Associates to agree a joint submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s consultation on a proposed Data Sharing and Governance Bill. There is a detailed...
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Irish state has “scant regard” for your data – and now wants to share it even further

The Irish state has a deplorable record when it comes to protecting your personal information. That’s not just our view – it’s the assessment of the outgoing Data Protection Commissioner after nearly a decade in office. Here’s what he had to say to the...
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DRI added as amicus in challenge to Safe Harbour transfers

In a judgment today the High Court has joined Digital Rights Ireland as an amicus curiae in the legal challenge being brought by Max Schrems against the Data Protection Commissioner regarding data transfers to the United States, which will enable DRI to take part in the case...
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Surveillance in Ireland: towards transparency

Where can you find the annual reports of the judges who oversee surveillance in Ireland? What is the agreement under which Irish ISPs provide communications data to gardaí? In what cases have the courts considered interception of communications under Irish law? What internal...
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One year after Snowden: Where are we now?

It’s now a year since Edward Snowden went public with evidence of mass surveillance and extensive abuses by the NSA, GCHQ and other intelligence agencies. What has changed since then? A global study published today examines responses by governments, parliaments, media and...
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