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European Cars will Automatically Phone for Help

The EU Parliament has voted to make the eCall system mandatory in new cars and light vans from April 2018. In the event of a serious accident, eCall automatically dials 112 – Europe’s single emergency number – and opens a voice channel. It also transmits automatically a minimal amount of information required to assist the emergency […]

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Fergal Crehan on “Ireland as a Digital Privacy Powerhouse” [Video]

On Friday, Twitter announced a change to their terms of service and privacy policy which puts Ireland at the centre of its international operations, citing the benefits of European data protection law as a rationale for the move. Just two days earlier, barrister Fergal Crehan spoke at the Blacknight-sponsored Digital Rights Europe Conference on the topic of Ireland as a […]

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Graham Dwyer and Data Retention – An Interview with TJ McIntyre of Digital Rights Ireland [Audio]

Today’s podcast is an interview with TJ McIntyre, Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland, about the Irish Data Retention legislation which was challenged recently by defence lawyers in the Graham Dwyer murder case. Click on the player above to listen to the show, or download it here: 27:55; 16MB; MP3. After Graham Dwyer was convicted of the murder of […]

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Technology Drives Efficiency in Dairy Expansion – An Interview with Dr Edmond Harty [Audio]

On April 1, the EU lifted the quota system for dairy production which had been in place for over 30 years. Now European dairy farmers are permitted to produce as much milk as they can sell. Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney called it “the biggest policy change for rural Ireland that we’ve seen in a lifetime“. So what […]

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Digital Rights Europe Conference will Focus on Practicalities [Audio]

Blacknight is sponsoring the inaugural Digital Rights Europe Conference, in Dublin on April 15 (and we’re giving a 50% discount on the tickets – see below!) Antóin Ó Lachtnáin is on the organising team and he joins us on today’s podcast. Click on the player above to listen to the show, or download it here: 16:47; 10MB; MP3. Digital Rights Ireland is an […]

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New Irish Passport Card is Launched

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has unveiled the design of the new Irish Passport Card, which will be accepted for travel within the European Union and the European Economic Area and will be available from mid-July. Speaking at the Passport Office in Dublin this morning, Minister Flanagan said: “The Passport Card will […]

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US Internet Industry Group Takes a Stand on Irish Data Protection

i2Coalition, the DC-based Internet Infrastructure Coalition, has signed on to an amicus brief arguing that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York failed to properly analyze the extraterritorial application of the Stored Communications Act, in the case where it ordered Microsoft to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland. In a legal […]

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Irish Scientist Wins Marie Curie Award for Communication of Science

Dr Shane Bergin, Investigator at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics and nanoscience institute, CRANN, has been awarded the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) achievement award. The award recognises Dr. Bergin’s contribution to communicating science in a fun and attractive way and mentoring the next generation in science. The European Commission presented the award […]

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#Budget15: Goodbye Double Irish – Hello Knowledge Box

#457199556 / gettyimages.com The controversial ‘Double Irish’ tax loophole was abolished in yesterday’s budget speech by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The move had been widely expected following increasing international pressure, and the announcement by the EU that it was to investigate Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland on the grounds that it could be viewed as ‘state […]

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