Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he often felt he was fighting a ‘losing battle’ with some State bodies on privacy issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner says he often felt he was ‘fighting a losing battle’ with state bodies on privacy

Private investigator Michael J Gaynor of Beatty Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare pictured leaving court today after he appeared before the Dublin District Court on charges of breaking data protection legislation. Photograph: Collins Courts

Michael J Gaynor alleged to have illegally accessed personal information held by An Garda Síochána

The Irish Genealogy website after the database was removed

Website run by Department of Heritage had exposed information such as mothers’ maiden names and birth dates

The message displayed on the site after the civil registration details were removed last Friday.

Analysis: Government department dropped the ball in allowing information on ‘live’ people to go online in searchable form

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes: The risks involved in the site were “obvious”. Photograph: David Sleator

Hawkes says having citizens’ details freely available online a ‘shocking’ example of public service failure

The Data Protection Commissioner is to review the level of personal detail sought by Irish Water on its payment forms for customers.

Watchdog advised utility company to limit personal data involved when billing customers

Former minister for communications Pat Rabbitte this week said he would bring in legislation to let An Post gain access to the subscriber data of companies such as Sky and UPC to tackle the “scourge” of television licence evasion.

Should we be concerned that the Government wants to give An Post access to our Sky and UPC subscription data?

The European Commission has warned Ireland it is in breach of social security rules. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Commission says those who qualify for carers’ payment can obtain it even if residing in another member state

The Oireachtas will have to decide whether the public interest is sufficient to justify legislation interfering in the customer relationship between individuals and companies such as UPC and Sky, for the purpose of collecting the TV licence, the Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Data commissioner agrees plan, part of licence crackdown, appears ‘Big Brotherish’

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