Data Retention in Pictures

David Rooney’s Irish Times cartoon neatly sums up the problems with data retention. A small detail is shown below – click on that to open the full cartoon in a new window. (Many thanks for permission to use the cartoon.) …

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Eoin O’Dell joins DRI

We’re happy to announce that Dr. Eoin O’Dell will be joining DRI as a director. Eoin is a Lecturer in law and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and is an acknowledged expert in areas including privacy, defamation, media regulation and freedom of expression. Amongst other …

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Sunday Business Post article on Freedom of Speech Online

Many thanks to Adam Maguire, writing in the Sunday Business Post, for covering our concerns about Irish libel laws and their impact on free speech online. We’ll be doing our best to secure greater protection for online publishers in the new Defamation Bill. Excerpt: The …

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Irish Times Endorses Data Retention Case

Yesterday’s Irish Times contained an editorial (subscription required) discussing data retention and supporting our case. We’ve taken the liberty of reproducing it here: Data retention needs fine balance How closely should a State monitor its citizens? Should it track every letter you send and receive? …

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Media Roundup – Data Retention

We’ve achieved very good publicity since we announced our Data Retention case with front page stories in the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner, and coverage in the Irish Independent and Silicon Republic. We’ve also had radio coverage on Today FM (Matt Cooper), Newstalk FM …

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DRI challenge to Data Retention

Digital Rights Ireland has written to the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Michael McDowell TD, and to the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey TD and to the Garda Commissioner. We have looked for undertakings from them to cease breaching the …

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Irish Times article on technology and consumers’ rights

Many thanks to Davin O’Dwyer who has an article in today’s Irish Times setting out our concerns about issues such as fair use, private copying rights, and more: Whether it’s listening to music on iPods, talking on our mobile phones or surfing the web, most …

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Irish Government challenges Data Retention Directive – but ignores privacy rights

The Irish Government yesterday started a challenge to the Data Retention Directive before the European Court of Justice. (The challenge was long promised but was filed only yesterday.) What does this mean for us? On the plus side, the challenge will certainly delay implementation of …

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Data Retention Conference

The Irish Centre for European Law is hosting a conference on “Privacy and the Data Retention Directive” on Wednesday, 19 July 2006, from 2-6pm in the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street. Speakers will include: Paul Durrant, Internet Service Providers Association Billy Hawkes, Data Protection …

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CIA is monitoring personal bank data of Irish citizens

The Irish Times reports that the US government is engaged in illegal monitoring of money transfers by Irish citizens: The personal data of thousands of Irish citizens that have sent or received money transfers to and from the US has been covertly logged by US …

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Gardaí Leaking Mobile Phone Records?

Last Tuesday’s Evening Herald had a curious front page story about the Afghan hunger strikers. Entitled “Truth about Taliban hunger strike” it read: Exclusive: Sinister Taliban rebels directed Dublin sit-in protest from Afghanistan. The hunger strikers inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral were being directed from Afghanistan, …

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Photographers’ Rights

There have been many discussions lately, both online and off, on the rights of photographers – when, where and what you can legitimately photograph, and what you can subsequently do with the photographs you take. This pamphlet is intended to give an outline of your …

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