You don’t need a Public Services Card to make a social welfare claim

You don’t need a Public Services Card (PSC) to make a social welfare claim. Over on X, Citizens Information have confirmed that “You can apply [for a social welfare benefit or allowance] without a PSC if using a paper application form.” The Citizens Information Board …

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Mass surveillance of Ireland's population via secret High Court order

Twenty questions for Minister for Justice as mass surveillance of Ireland’s entire population is secretly approved by the High Court

The identity of every person you phone, text, and/or email, the date and time of when you do so, and the location of where you are when you do so, is now being retained by mobile phone companies for Garda access. It follows the Department …

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Digital Rights Ireland agrees settlement with Irish Data Protection Commission over data breach complaint

In a victory for Facebook users whose data was leaked on the dark web, Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) has resolved its court case with the Data Protection Commission. This enables DRI to continue its campaign to vindicate the rights of E.U. residents whose data protection …

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Digital Rights Ireland takes DPC to Court Over Facebook’s 530 Million Users’ Data Leak

Digital Rights Ireland goes to court over Data Protection Commission’s decision regarding Facebook’s responsibility for its 530 million user data leak. 10 January, Dublin – Digital Rights Ireland is appealing against the Irish Data Protection Commission’s decision that the leaking of over 110 million EU-based …

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DRI #No2PSC Mass Action Continues Despite Ruling

On the 10th December, the Department of Social Protection announced that it would abandon its appeal against the Data Protection Commission’s findings that it had been illegally processing PSC data. This DPC finding from the 16th August 2019 is now undisputed. That decision found; “The …

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Press Release: Thousands Expected to Sue Facebook in Mass Action Against Privacy Breach

Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) is calling on victims of the recent major Facebook data breach to join a legal case against the tech giant in what will be the largest-ever mass action of its kind. Digital Rights Ireland is inviting Europeans affected by the recent …

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Complaint to DPC in relation to Facebook Data Dump Breach

Digital Rights Ireland has accepted a mandate from individuals in relation to the leaking of personal data from the Facebook website; this data was recently made available to the public. The individuals’ names, facebook IDs, and phone numbers were amongst the data in the breach. …

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Statement on collation of dossiers by Department of Heath and Departmental ROPA document

We were disturbed by recent revelations on RTE’s Prime Time Investigates in relation to the Department of Health. According to the program, the Department was collating dossiers on families who had made claims against the Department and other state bodies to seek to obtain their …

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Update on the DRI Article 80 Image Upload Case

We continue to make progress in our representation on behalf of victims of the Irish Discord leak. We expect to progress to Court in the next two months.  Funds were raised via GoFundMe to help fund the legal costs. Those funds have been paid directly …

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DRI Welcomes the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill

DRI welcomes the new Oireachtas law criminalising the sharing of intimate images without consent. The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill introduces a new offense, “Distributing, publishing or sending threatening or grossly offensive communication” to address the ongoing crisis of online bullying and harassment. …

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Cloak-and-Dagger and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has an important task – to distribute cash to people who need it -. It’s a critical function in our society, especially at a time of instability like the COVID-19 crisis. This task is necessarily a feat of …

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Covid, PSCs and Access to Social Welfare

Update: The government has now provided a one-page Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment form that you can print and fill in on paper, or fill out online if you have a PSC. This will facilitate an immediate payment for up to six weeks. However, you will …

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