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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DRI and ICCL Call for Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to Suspend PSC Requirement for Jobseeker Applicants During COVID-19 Pandemic

15 March, Dublin — Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) today called for the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to suspend the unnecessary requirement for a Public Services Card for the thousands of applicants seeking social …

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#No2PSC Update for October

We’ve sent our first monthly update out to the hundreds of Public Services Card holders who have signed up as parties to our #No2PSC complaint to the Data Protection Commission. Briefly: The complaint is drafted and has been sent to the DPC with the first …

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DRI Launches #no2psc Legal Campaign Against Public Services Card

Civil Rights Advocacy Group Leads Ireland’s First “Mass Action” Legal Campaign DUBLIN, 25 September — Digital Rights Ireland, the public advocacy organisation dedicated to defending civil, human and legal rights in a digital age, has today launched the #no2psc Campaign at https://no2psc.digitalrights.ie/. “The Public Services …

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Reddit Snoo AMA Announcement

Reddit AMA on the Public Services Card

We’re delighted that DRI’s Antoin O Lachtnain will be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit’s r/Ireland today from 12pm – 3pm to answer questions about the Public Services Card, why we oppose it, and our new #no2psc campaign officially launching later today. The …

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