PPS Numbers and “Cradle to Grave” Tracking

Cian Murphy gave an interesting talk on the privacy implications of PPS numbers at the recent IALT Conference: Since September 2003, the PPS Number has been allocated automatically on the basis of birth … A PPS number is required for revenue purposes in all employment, …

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Defamation Bill – Will it Meet Internet Users’ Needs?

According to the Irish Times the Cabinet has decided to proceed with a new Defamation Bill. The text of the Bill is yet to be published, but there is concern that (if it follows previous recommendations) it may focus too much on the traditional media …

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Data Protection Commissioner says data retention must be limited to serious crime

At the launch of the Data Protection Commissioner’s 2005 Annual Report today Mr. Billy Hawkes, the Commissioner, strongly criticised the current Data Protection laws and suggested in his report that the implementation of the European Data Retention Directive into Irish law ought to be used …

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Questionable Phone Tracking Proposal “Premature”

DRI today became aware of a plan to introduce a commercial mobile phone tracking service. Although marketed as being intended for parents to keep track of their children, this was also open to allow any phone user to being tracked by anyone else who had …

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Government and Privacy in the Digital Age – Talk Now Online

Footage of Suw Charman’s talk on Government and Privacy in the Digital Age is now up on Google Video The question and answer session after the talk is also available. Thanks again to Suw for coming over to talk to us, and thanks to Ole …

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Public Lecture on Government Threats to Privacy

Digital Rights Ireland would like to invite you to join us at a lecture on “Government and Privacy in the Digital Age”, given by Suw Charman, executive director of the Open Rights Group, on Friday 24th February. The lecture will be followed by a response …

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DRI is looking for your support

On the 6th December, Digital Rights Ireland formally launched. Our stated mission is to protect civil, legal and human rights in a digital age. Now we’re asking people who share that aim to help us out by pledging their money to DRI. If you’re in …

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Minister for Justice Ducks Questions on Number Plate Surveillance Scheme

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform was recently asked about the privacy implications of Garda plans to introduce cameras to record details of the number plate of every passing car. However, the Minister’s response doesn’t answer the questions asked and leaves us still …

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ISPs Ordered to hand over user details – users not notified of case or given chance to make submissions

The High Court yesterday made an order requiring ISPs to hand over details of 49 alleged filesharers to the music industry. After the first such order, in July 2005, we expressed concern about the procedure which had been adopted. When we learnt about this …

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Libel Laws In Ireland

Journalists and celebrities alike are well aware of the law when it comes to defamation, but the online community often forgets the legal boundaries placed on Free Speech. This pamphlet is intended to give an outline of Defamation Law as it applies to online publications, but …

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Data Retention Directive Passed

Yesterday morning (14th December 2005) the European Parliament passed a Directive mandating member states to introduce surveillance of all European citizens in their daily lives. Digital Rights Ireland deplores the decision of the large parties in the European Parliament to collude with the Council of …

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Last chance to fight EU data retention

Next Tuesday, the 13th of December, the European Parliament will vote on a Data Retention Directive. This proposes to extend data retention to the Internet, and will result in your ISPs logging every email you send, every web page you visit, and everything else you …

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