Privacy concerns in relation to Eircode

In late November, we wrote to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to reiterate our concerns about Eircode, the postcode system that is proposed for Ireland. We wrote:  …

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DRI files court brief in support of Microsoft against US access to Irish data

You might have noticed that the US government is bringing a case against Microsoft demanding that it turn over user emails held in its Dublin facilities based on a US search warrant. This is a worrying overreach: the US authorities are seeking information held in Ireland, about …

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DRI chosen as an EFF Counter Surveillance Success Story

We’re delighted that our victory against the Data Retention Directive has been chosen by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as one of their examples of a Counter Surveillance Success Story. From the UK defeat of the Snooper’s Charter to pushback in Chile against illegal police demands, …

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Irish data sharing proposals – submission with Castlebridge Associates

DRI has teamed up with the ever knowledgeable data protection and information experts at Castlebridge Associates to agree a joint submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s consultation on a proposed Data Sharing and Governance Bill. There is a detailed summary in the …

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Irish state has “scant regard” for your data – and now wants to share it even further

The Irish state has a deplorable record when it comes to protecting your personal information. That’s not just our view – it’s the assessment of the outgoing Data Protection Commissioner after nearly a decade in office. Here’s what he had to say to the Irish …

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DRI added as amicus in challenge to Safe Harbour transfers

In a judgment today the High Court has joined Digital Rights Ireland as an amicus curiae in the legal challenge being brought by Max Schrems against the Data Protection Commissioner regarding data transfers to the United States, which will enable DRI to take part in …

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Data retention held unconstitutional in Slovenia

The Slovenian Constitutional Court has ruled data retention to be unconstitutional and ordered deletion of  data collected under the law. Following an application by the Slovenian Information Commissioner the court held that data retention is disproportionate on the basis that: unselective retention of data in …

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Romanian Constitutional Court holds data retention unconstitutional

Yesterday the Romanian Constitutional Court held – for the second time – that a national data retention law is unconstitutional (official press release, Romanian only). The ruling follows a 2009 decision of the Constitutional Court striking down an earlier law implementing the Data Retention Directive. …

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Surveillance in Ireland: towards transparency

Where can you find the annual reports of the judges who oversee surveillance in Ireland? What is the agreement under which Irish ISPs provide communications data to gardaí? In what cases have the courts considered interception of communications under Irish law? What internal controls do …

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Austrian Constitutional Court rules data retention unconstitutional

Congratulations to our Austrian friends and fellow plaintiffs before the European Court of Justice on today’s ruling from the Austrian Constitutional Court that their national data retention law is unconstitutional (German press release, PDF). It is a great success for a case brought by literally …

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One year after Snowden: Where are we now?

It’s now a year since Edward Snowden went public with evidence of mass surveillance and extensive abuses by the NSA, GCHQ and other intelligence agencies. What has changed since then? A global study published today examines responses by governments, parliaments, media and others, finding that …

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ECJ says: EU-mandated mass surveillance “entails an interference with the fundamental rights of practically the entire European population”

Europe’s highest court has given a judgement in the challenge taken by Irish human rights advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) to the EU’s regime of Data Retention and mass surveillance. The Court has found that data retention “entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference …

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