Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said there had been an increase in the number of civil cases taken against organisations for failing to protect personal data.

Conference hears case against Government department settled before court hearing

Graham Dwyer is accused of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara on August 22nd, 2012. Photograph: PA

Judge says proof of having unusual fantasies does not constitute a crime, and that the jury has one question to consider: whethe(...)

Graham Dwyer: Mr Justice Hunt said the jury  should consider all of the evidence, guard against distorting facts to fit the proposition and be satisfied no explanation other than guilt was compatible with the circumstances. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jury told to make an ‘antiseptic decision’ on murder accused by Mr Justice Tony Hunt

Architect Graham Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Judge Tony Hunt also tells jury they must ‘put feelings to one side’

Defence counsel Remy Farrell: told jurors in the trial of Graham Dwyer that they must first decide if Elaine O’Hara was murdered at all. Photograph: Courtpix

‘Not a screed of evidence’ about cause of death, says defence in closing statement

Seán Guerin SC said Graham Dwyer’s plan to kill someone included planning how to deal with blood at the scene and on himself and also required picking someone who was vulnerable. Photograph: Collins Courts

Open expression of intent to kill’ should be taken at face value, says prosecution

Graham Dwyer has been charged with the alleged  murder of Elaine O’Hara. He has pleaded not guilty.

Judge says accused comes with no previous convictions and has been seen ‘warts and all’

Graham Dwyer has been charged with the murder of Elaine O Hara. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecution says accused linked to ‘beginning, middle and end’ of O’Hara disapperance

File photograph of Graham Dwyer. Prosecution SC in Mr Dwyer’s trial, Seán Guerin, said during his closing statement that he would show that Mr Dwyer intended to murder Elaine O’Hara. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Séan Guerin SC to complete closing statement at Central Criminal Court

Prosecutor Seán Guerin, who told the jury in the Graham Dwyer trial that two mobile phones used to send text messages to Elaine O’Hara mirrored the life of Mr Dwyer and were “stuck to him like a shadow”. Photograph: Collins

Graham Dwyer a sadist who hid wickedness behind mask of pity, says prosecutor

Graham Dwyer: Has pleaded not guilty. to the murder of Elaine  O’Hara. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Jury told ‘disgusting’ fantasies held by someone who ‘goes about making them real’

Graham Dwyer denies the murder of Elaine O’Hara on August 22nd 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Texts about work, social and family life ‘mirrored details of Graham Dwyer’s life’

Graham Dwyer told gardaí he could understand how his DNA came to be in Elaine O’Hara’s apartment at Belarmine Plaza in Stepaside, but he said it was nothing of a “sexual nature”. He later admitted that they did have a sexual relationship.

‘I’m confident I did not kill anybody and I’m relying on that,’ Dwyer told gardaí

Graham Dwyer trial: the jury heard evidence that gardaí found a video on a hard drive showing the accused placing a plastic bag over Elaine O’Hara’s head and appearing to strangle her.

Mr Dwyer also denied knowledge of 083 phone linked to texts sent to Ms O’Hara

The Department of Justice has defended the Irish State’s record on negotiations on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation. Photograph: Thinkstock

State has supported European Commission proposals for ‘robust’ standards on privacy

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan appearing at the banking inquiry on Wednesday

Central Bank governor says bulk of austerity measures could not have been avoided if different decision on banks had been taken

Almost 39 per cent of the total number of patients on the lists at 41 hospitals (25,098) have been waiting for more than six months for treatment, and nearly 12 per cent (7,559) have been waiting for more than 12 months. Photograph: Thinkstock

Some 65,000 people awaiting treatment at hospitals across country, says NTPF

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the start of the Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers at the EU council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

'I think what the figures show is the banks using the courts to get people to engage with them'

Data from Eurostat, the European Union’s official statistics body, reveal women earned almost a sixth less per hour than men in 2012, up from 12.6 per cent in 2008.

Eurostat figures show inequality in salaries in EU as high as almost 30%

Hiqa has published new standards on e-prescribing to help reduce medication errors. Photograph: Thinkstock

Health agency says new measures an important step in State’s e-health strategy

Witness Edna Lillis leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court after she gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Edna Lillis befriended O’Hara at St Edmundsbury Hospital in 2007

Witness Kevin Mullins leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court after he gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts

Witness gives evidence that he was member of website

Architect Graham Dwyer from Foxrock in Dublin has denied the murder of Elaine O’Hara in August 2012. The trial continues before Judge Tony Hunt at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Childcare worker’s GP tells court he was not aware of her having been pregnant

Last November, the Government confirmed that a local division of the Unified Patent Court will be established in Ireland, which would allow businesses to resolve disputes around intellectual property rights (IPR) locally rather than in other EU member states. File photograph: Getty Images

Local division of Unified Patent Court will hear intellectual property disputes

The audit  at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown found 16.6 per cent of staff interviewed had “either a limited or significant amount of sensitive patient or staff financial information saved on their local network drives”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

General IT controls at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown considered inadequate

The footage showed Graham Dwyer at the building between January and August 2012, the trial heard on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí filled eight log books with details of footage from 10 cameras, says detective

 Graham  Dwyer (42) is charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36), on August 22nd, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Audi and Land Rover taken from outside home in Foxrock for technical examination

Elaine O’Hara’s brother John and sister Ann Charles  at Dublin Central Criminal Court for the trial of Graham Dwyer who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court hears masking tape, plastic sheeting, twine and ‘bull clips’ photographed in forest

The trial of architect Graham Dwyer for the alleged murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara in 2012 has entered its ninth day before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. File photograph: Collins Courts.

Video shows pair entering her apartment building

Graham Dwyer, from Foxrock, Dublin is charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O’Hara. He has pleaded not guilty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin architect accused of killing Elaine O’Hara, whose remains were found in 2013

Witnesses (L-R) Garda Lorcan Byrne, Garda Enda Brodrick and Garda Jerry McGroarty of the Garda Water Unit, after giving evidence at the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts

Garda Water Unit found glasses during search of Vartry Reservoir

The trial of architect Graham Dwyer for the alleged murder of Elaine O’Hara continued on Thursday before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Anglers and gardaí recovered items from water at Roundwood on dates in September 2013

Data privacy activist Max Schrems told the National Data Protection Conference that data protection will move away from regulators and become a civil legal matter as it is the ‘only way to get results’. File photograph: Collins

Activist Max Schrems addresses National Data Protection Conference in Dublin Castle

EU justice ministers travel to Latvia on Thursday for a key meeting on counter-terrorism as the EU remained stuck in deadlock over a proposed new law on the retention of passenger data records.

Air passenger data isss gets fresh impetus in the wake of Paris attacks

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy said Government departments must respect the rule of law when using people’s personal information. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Dara Murphy encourages ‘greater focus on responsibilities’

Privacy concerns remain about a number of major infrastructure projects, including the introduction of postcodes and the primary school database, the Data Protection Commissioner has said

Data Protection Commissioner says public service ‘hasn’t got it right, in all cases’

The Department of Education is still engaging with the Data Protection Commissioner on the new primary school database. Photograph: Thinkstock

Data Protection Commissioner seeks ‘clarity’ on Department of Education project

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has insisted the Data Protection Commissioner is satisfied with the plan for the primary database .Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan insists primary school data will only be accessed by a small number of people

INTO says having teachers gather students’ PPS numbers, ethnicity and religion for the Primary Online Database is an “under-resourced” model. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/File Photo

Irish National Teachers’ Organisation: No department support for gathering student info

14/10/2014....News...Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan picutred at a press conference detailing the education budget.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Personal information including PPS numbers being collected by principals to populate new primary online database

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said some of the criticisms regarding her office’s lack of a Dublin base were ’probably merited’.

Regulator to ‘immediately’ begin hiring for new roles with 45 extra jobs to be created in total

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was told the information was “a matter of public record” and was being used for the purpose it was gathered. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner warns of potential for abuse and invasion of privacy

Primary schools began collecting the information for the Primary Online Database at the request of the Department of Education at the start of the current school year. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Department says tool will be ‘valuable resource’ to monitor students’ progesss

Policy paper suggests linking health and education data on welfare recipients

The Immigrant Council of Ireland supported 19 women and teenagers this year who had been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Photograph: Thinkstock

Immigrant Council of Ireland acted on behalf of 19 victims of sexual exploitation in 2014

Parkton Mews in Enniscorthy, which was on eof the estates inspected in 2014. Photograph: Housing Agency/Department of the Environment

Minister of State for Housing says total number of incomplete developments has been reduced from nearly 3,000 in 2010

Minister for Social Protection, Tánaiste Joan Burton. Staff at her department vigorously opposed the handing over of PPS numbers – particularly of children – to Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Secretary general said utility company would ‘get nothing’ until it formally wrote to her

Tánaiste and Minister Joan Burton: publicly she and other ministers were insisting the PPS data would only be used by Irish Water to validate allowances but behind the scenes there was concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Officials told utility that proposals to check child ages regularly would be ‘onerous and inefficient’

Irish Water appears to have shown no pro-active interest in contacting the department: it wasn’t until September 18th that John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water, wrote to secretary general, Niamh O’Donoghue. Photograph: Eric Luke

Testy phone calls and emails illustrate underlying governance mess

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall urged Hiqa to bring complaints about nursing homes to the attention of his office. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hiqa insists all relevant information about nursing homes is acted on ‘immediately’

Revenue chairwoman Josephine Feehily after giving evidence to the Committee of Public Accounts on Revenue’s Ansbacher inverstgations. Photograph: Alan Betson

McDonald says she is entitled to name in the Dáil former senior politicians accused by a whistleblower of tax evasion

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald defended her decision to name a number of individuals whose names appear in the whistleblower dossier handed to the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald defends decision to name some individuals in ‘Ansbacher’ dossier under Dáil privilege

Siptu was alerted to the fact that some staff assaulted or injured at work in Tallaght hospital were being billed for the €100 emergency department charge. Photograph: David Sleator

Siptu contacts management after assaulted careworker was billed at Tallaght hospital

Ross Maguire, co-founder of New Beginning. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

New Beginning emailed information, including household details, to commercial partner in Malta

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was part of a first responder team that treated a patient in Dublin on Saturday night.

Leo Varadkar spent night with National Ambulance Service ‘to see how it all works’

Former secretary general of the Department of Finance John Moran said a balance sheet for the domestic banking sector effectively ‘didn’t exist’ in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former secretary general of Department of Finance says there was no overview available due to reporting systems

Mark Furlong (20), from Seán MacDermott Street, who caught baby Mila  Healy in his arms to help save her from the house fire at Gloucester Place in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Young Dublin man catches baby as house burns

Private investigator Michael J Gaynor was convicted of breaking the data protection act. Photograph: Courts Collins

Data Protection Commissioner to broaden inquiries to include sectors other than credit unions

Mark Furlong tells how he caught a baby thrown from a burning home on Gloucester Place off Seán MacDermott Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Four adults and two children treated after incident on Gloucester Place

The Data Protection Commissioner is to carry out an audit of the ESB following its investigation into the use of so-called tracing agents by credit unions.

Data Protection Commissioner to audit ESB following outcome of investigations into tracing agents

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

Judge finds Michael Gaynor ‘evasive’ and ‘unconvincing’ in evidence

In the Government strategy, ehealth is described as a fully integrated digital supply chain, involving ‘high levels of automation and information sharing’. Photograph: Thinkstock

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar outlines ehealth strategy at Dublin conference

Det Sergeant James F Carroll said in his deposition that Sanjeev Chada indicated he had murdered his sons on a laneway close to an Abbey about 10km from Castlebar, Co Mayo.    Photograph: Family handout/Garda/PA Wire

Inquest hears of movements of father of Eoghan and Ruairí before they were found dead

Sanjeev Chada pictured with his sons Eoghan (10) and Ruairí (five). Photograph: Family handout/Garda/PA Wire

Jury in Castlebar returns verdicts of unlawful deaths in relation to Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (five)

Sadhbh McCarthy, director of the Centre for Irish and European Security, said the Garda Inspectorate report highlights the “vast gap” in the technological capacity of An Garda Síochána compared with their European counterparts

Security researcher says crowd-sourcing of policing tasks has led to arrest of innocent civilians

Senator John Whelan: said decision on editing podcast was “puzzling”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator John Whelan stands over remarks he said meant utility was ‘not fit for purpose’

Waterford City Fire Services criticised the “thoughtless and extremely distasteful behaviour”. Photograph: Waterford City Fire Services Facebook page

Waterford City Fire Service ‘astounded’ by people filming incident in which girl (2) died

 “The online world leaves individuals vulnerable to serious privacy violations through the posting of private, false, humiliating, shameful or otherwise harmful content,” the report says.

Law Reform Commission publishes paper on ways to tackle threats to online privacy

Brendan Ogle of the Right to Water campaign group said anyone who could not protest peacefully should ‘stay away’ from the next protest on December 10th.

Right 2 Water says anyone who cannot protest peacefully against water charges should ‘stay away’

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Siptu president Jack O’Connor, Mindy O’Brien of Voice and Roderic O’Gorman of the Green Party at the seminar in the Mansion House in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Eamon Ryan speaks at seminar on holding referendum on public ownership of water utilities

The scene on O’Connell Street in Dublin on Saturday November 1st as thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ruth Coppinger says Tánaiste is ‘not a victim’ of events in which she was trapped in her car by anti-water charge groups

Minister Heather Humphreys: expressed concern at how the Data Protection Commissioner handled the issue relating to her department’s genealogy site. Photograph: Eric Luke

Humphreys criticised commissioner’s handling of genealogy site controversy

The Samaritans charity has suspended an application that allowed people anonymously monitor the tweets of others for signs of suicidal intent or mental distress.

Charity to give service which monitors suicidal intent ‘further consideration’

Samaritans has been accused of failing to take into consideration the genuine concerns of people with mental health issues about its new Twitter app. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Opinion: Twitter scanning project aimed at assisting suicidal people is misguided

Privacy and mental health advocates raise concerns about new service with charity

Irish Water has reported a data breach to the Data Protection Commissioner after it inadvertently sent bank details relating to some individuals to the wrong people.

Utility reports to Data Protection Commissioner after information sent to wrong individuals

The scene of the fatal crash in which toddler Eoin O’Neill died on May 5th.

American tourist Maria Goode (25) pleaded guilty to dangerous driving

Provisional document “does not summarise the opinions of a lot of the participants at the synod”, says director of the Iona Institute. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network says synod document an opportunity for change

data protection - innovation

Office is to be “significantly upgraded” to the status of a separate office of State

Edward Snowden is now ’more socially connected than he has ever been in his life’, his lawyer Ben Wizner said in Dublin today. Photograph: The Guardian/EPA

Whistleblower’s lawyer says exiled former NSA contractor is now more socially connected than he has ever been

Ben Wizner, lawyer for Edward Snowden, speaking at the Secile project conference at the RIA in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ben Wizner addresses conference on findings of EU project to examine counter-terrorism measures introduced since 2001

A Bord Pleanála hearing into a €200 million plan to redevelop the Alexandra Basin in Dublin’s docks is under way.

Planning hearing told port company to pay €1m for community initiative if plan proceeds

There will be no negative impact on marine or bird life at the Alexandra Basin (above)  as a result of a  plan to redevelop  Dublin Port, a planning hearing has heard.

Hearing into €200m expansion project hears from witnesses on potential environmental and economic impacts

The Offaly Centre for Independent Living, which was inspected by Hiqa on May 13th and 14th.

Hiqa inspection found deficiencies in governance and in care plans for residents

The National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New study for Spinal Injuries Ireland show four in 10 are living on the poverty line

Chairman designate of the National Disability Authority Helen Guinan said employment for people with disabilities was high on the agenda for the agency. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Chairman-designate of National Disability Authority appears before Oireachtas Justice committee

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the recommendations would improve the situation for teachers on fixed-term contracts or working part time. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Education to implement measures to cut reliance on short-term contracts and part-time work

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said indiscipline in An Garda Síochána would be dealt with. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald said claims by whistleblower Maurice McCabe are being listened to

Josephine Feehily, chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, told staff yesterday she is to retire shortly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A career public servant, Ms Feehily joined the office of the Revenue Commissioners in 1993

The phenomenon of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia occurs in about one in 19,000 cases, a major new study suggests. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

11 incidences out of 300 reports occurred in Irish hospitals, according to major survey in Ireland and UK

The Data Protection Commissioner said that in the case of 13 of the 20 Irish apps checked, permissions “exceeded that which the sweeper would expect based on the app’s functionality after reviewing the app”. It confirmed follow-up action was being considered in four cases.

New study indicates many Irish mobile apps are looking for more personal data than warranted

Irish Water said it acted immediately to resolve the issue and all the property owners affected had been advised accordingly.

Letters sent out to householders had data relating to other individuals

Helen Dixon has been appointed the new Data Protection Commissioner.

Former companies registrar and Department of Jobs official succeeds Billy Hawkes

Prof Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority said there was ‘no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices’ .Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

FSAI says one supermarket served with prohibition notice during August

Seán Reynolds, who runs the Mountjoy Prison Museum. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last used 60 years ago, the Hang Room in the jail retains sorrow and eeriness

Assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney is prosecuting a firm of private investigators and its two directors for allegedly obtaining personal information about individuals illegally, and with ‘connivance’ in those offences. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two women allegedly got details for credit unions from HSE, Department of Social Protection

We may be too quick to dismiss pop-ups and ignore website policies

Irish author of new EU report says most young people’s experiences of the internet are positive and beneficial

 August was the wettest in six years in some parts of the country, according to Met Éireann’s latest bulletin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Dublin airport recorded highest rainfall for one day of the month since 1942

Prof Jane Grimson: ‘We have the opportunity to learn from other people’s mistakes.’ Photograph:
Susan Jefferies

Hiqa is working on standards for a new ‘health identifier’ system that aims to simplify medical records

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