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’

Singer Garth Brooks at Croke Park in January, where he first announced details of two concerts. The number was eventually increased to five as the concerts quickly sold out. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mediator recommends €500,000 fund for community and limits on events up to 2019

File image of the kind of structural damage pyrite causes in homes. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Some homes in scheme in Moneymore, Drogheda had been allocated for social housing

Geoff Meagher, national president of St Vincent de Paul, said there are sections of Irish society who ‘simply cannot take anymore’ in terms of the costs imposed on them. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Charity’s pre-budget submission says Government must provide supports to jobless households

Assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney, who is taking the prosecution against the private investigator. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Man faces charges over accessing personal information held by ESB and An Garda Síochana

More than 300 workers at Roadstone Woods are continuing their fifth days of strikes across the country following a breakdown in negotiations over a bonus pay. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Separate protest by plasterers seeks to highlight ‘exploitation’ by building contractors

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