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Facebook parent company fined 265 million euro by Irish data watchdog

Tech giant Meta has been fined 265 million euro by Ireland’s data protection watchdog for breaching EU data privacy laws. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) issued the sanction against the Facebook parent company for failing to protect millions of Facebook users’ personal data, such as telephone numbers and email addresses, from being “scraped” and published […]

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Irish data protection watchdog defends handling of social media investigations

Ireland’s data protection watchdog has defended its stance and the pace of its investigations into breaches by social media giants. Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the long-running criticisms are “becoming old news”. Ireland’s regulator of big tech companies has long faced criticism from civil liberties groups in Ireland and across Europe, accusing it of […]

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The Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg

Safe Harbour Ruling Strengthens Europe’s Hand – An Interview with Simon McGarr [Audio]

Simon McGarr is our guest on today’s podcast. He’s the solicitor representing Digital Rights Ireland, who were granted amicus curiae status in the case regarding the EU-US ‘Safe Harbour Agreement’, which the EU Court of Justice ruled invalid this week. Click on the player above to listen to the show, or download it here: 21:34; 12MB; MP3. […]

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Data Protection Commisioners Office, Portarlington

Data Protection Commissioner to Double its Workforce with New Dublin Office

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is planning to hire 45 people which will more than double its current staff. 18 people will be recruited ‘immediately’ to staff its planned new office in Dublin. The details were confirmed by the recently appointed commissioner, Helen Dixon, in a speech to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin. Ms […]

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Does the DPC have the Resources to Regulate the World?

The Irish Data Protection Commisioner is investigating Adobe in relation to last year’s theft of source code and data from 38 million customers.  PC Pro Magazine reports that this is in response to complaints from UK residents about spam being received on email accounts that had been exclusively used for Adobe registration. GigaOm points out […]

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Cosaint Sonraí: Na Rialacha

Tá go leor ceisteanna inniu faoin sárú slándála ag an gcomhlacht LoyaltyBuild, inar goideadh sonraí na gcártaí creidmheasa le leathmhilliún duine ar fud na hEorpa.  Tá fiosrúcháin ar bun ag na Gárdaí agus ag An Coimisinéir Cosanta Sonraí.  Níl heol dúinn an scéal iomlán go fóill, ach tá beidh fiosrúchán an Choimisinéara dírithe go speisialta ar […]

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500,000 Credit Cards Compromised at Irish Firm

The Data Protection Commisioner, Billy Hawkes, has sent inspectors to the offices of LoyaltyBuild in Ennis, Co. Clare, after it was revealed that the credit card data of 500,000 users in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe had been stolen. Speaking on Newstalk this morning, Mr Hawkes told Pat Kenny that the criminals obtained “full credit […]

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