European Data Protection Day next Sunday – 5 Ways to Protect Your Privacy

Next Sunday, the 28th of January, is the inaugural Council of Europe Data Protection day. Our view is Data privacy is something for every individual to look after. Private companies, government, hospitals, all store information on you. You are entitled to view that information if …

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Progress on the Data Retention Case

You might be wondering why you haven’t heard more about our case against the Government over data retention. This is because the defendants, despite being well out of time, have failed to put in their defence. In non-legal terms, this would be rather like a …

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ICEL Conference on Privacy and the ECHR

The Irish Centre for European Law are holding a conference on “Privacy: Developments in the European Court of Human Rights” on Wed. 13th December. They’ve secured a superb line up of speakers: Professor William Binchy, T.C.D. (Chair Panel I) Gavin Millar Q.C., Doughty Street Chambers, …

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Digital Rights Ireland podcast as Gaeilge with Conn Ó Muíneacháin

Digital Rights Ireland’s Antóin Ó Lachtnáin recently did a podcast interview in Irish with Conn Ó Muíneacháin, Irish podcaster from An Líonra Sóisialta and blogger from An tImeall. You can listen to it in full on the An Líonra Sóisialta website, or download it here. …

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E-passport at risk of being targetted by terrorists.

Digital Rights Ireland director, Antoin O’Lachtnain, in an interview with Mark Tighe of the Sunday Times today, gave an insight into the possibilities of Ireland’s new electronic passport being targetted by criminals. The lack of security measures, protecting the passport from being “skimmed”, are a …

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New Irish Passports have RFID chip

Despite the recent press attention to the launch of ‘biometric’ passports, not many reporters have focused on the fact that these new passports seem to include Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chips. From the Department of Foreign Affairs website (link) “The chip technology allows the information …

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New IRMA Legal Action

As before DRI support copyright holders’ efforts to protect and assert their rights. However the way in which IRMA has done so still leaves a number of questions unanswered. …

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WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Orgainisations: Update

The WIPO broadcast treaty (or Treaty on the protection of broadcasters, as is its official title) seems to have gone into retreat for the time being. The WIPO General Assemblies did not rubber stamp the recommendation to convene a diplomatic conference (to finalise the treaty). …

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Launch of DRM.info: what the public should know about “Digital Restrictions Management”

Earlier today, a group of likeminded organisations and authors launched DRM.info, a collaborative platform to share information about the impact, use and potential dangers of DRM. DRM is commonly discussed as “Digital Rights Management” (DRM) or “Technological Protection Measures” (TPM). However, as the experience to …

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Terrorism no excuse to undermine privacy

Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor: Terrorism and organised crime should not be used as excuses for passing laws which undermine people’s privacy and data protection rights … It is a misconception that protection of privacy and personal data holds back the fight against terrorism …

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The DRI legal action – What can you do to protect your rights?

We are at the edge of Europe, but our legal action challenging mass surveillance has implications for the whole European Union. We are the only group bringing a legal challenge and we need your support. We need support on a number of fronts: – We …

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DRI brings legal action over mass surveillance

We have now started our legal action against the Government challenging Irish and European laws on data retention. Here’s the full press release. DIGITAL RIGHTS IRELAND CHALLENGES MASS SURVEILLANCE LAWS Irish civil rights group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) has started a High Court action against …

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