Digital Rights Ireland is to ask the High Court to refer questions about the independence of the Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The High Court is to be asked to make a referral to the EU’s highest court for a ruling on whether Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is truly in(...)

Max Schrems: Speaking outside the Four Courts in Dublin, Mr Schrems said that “theoretically” a decision could be made by the commissioner within weeks. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems says he fears a ruling by the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) on his complaint against Facebook could (...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan was ‘troubled’ by the idea that the recordings might be destroyed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Attorney General, Máire Whelan, considered legislation to “deal with” the thousands of hours of telephone calls to Garda stations that had been r(...)

Attendees at a citizenship ceremony in Dublin last month: publication of the names and addresses of new Irish citizens in ‘Iris Oifigiúil’ is provided for under a 1956 Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

The continuing publication of names, full addresses and citizens’ status as adults or minors in the State’s official gazette – while mandated by law –(...)

The personal details of new Irish citizens remain online indefinitely after publication by the Government’s official gazette. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

The names and full addresses of thousands of people who receive Irish citizenship remain online indefinitely after publication by the Government’s off(...)

The Data Protection Commissioner considered telling organisations to stop using information such as mothers’ maiden names as security questions following the publication of civil records online.

The Data Protection Commissioner considered telling organisations to stop allowing information such as mothers’ maiden names to be used for security q(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, at the publication of her office’s annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Data Protection Commissioner has said any decision to take enforcement action against a State body or other organisation where there may be breach(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) broke the law by disclosing the salary details of one of its own employees to his ex wife, the Data Protection Commissioner has found.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) broke the law by disclosing the salary details of one of its own employees to his ex wife, the Data Protection Comm(...)

A Government genealogy website will this week restore access to some civil records that were removed after The Irish Times highlighted security conce(...)

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

Privacy complaints may move away from data protection regulators in favour of people taking civil legal actions because that is the “only way to get r(...)