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

The Department of Social Protection warned Irish Water at their very first meeting that child benefit details could not be reliably used for the purpo(...)

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

A group set up to help homeowners in mortgage difficulties has apologised after the names and bank details of over 1,000 customers were passed to a co(...)

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

The ESB has said it has implemented changes to its processes after it emerged that one of its employees had passed a huge amount of personal data bel(...)

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

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys admonished the Data Protection Commissioner for comments made to the press after that office ordered her depar(...)

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.

Irish Water is investigating a data breach after it sent bank details relating to a number of individuals to the wrong people. Minister for the Enviro(...)

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.

Just a fraction of mobile apps provide clarity about how they collect and use people’s personal information, according to a survey by the world’s priv(...)

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

The Data Protection Commissioner is to review the level of personal detail Irish Water proposed to seek from householders for payment of the water cha(...)

A 2012 study by University of California, Berkeley researchers revealed 87 per cent of their survey group didn’t know about ‘DNT’ settings.

If, like a majority of web users in survey after survey, you have concerns about having your online activity tracked by advertisers, then you’ve turne(...)

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

A private investigator is facing 72 criminal charges in relation to alleged breaches of data protection legislation, including illegally accessing and(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes warned election candidates not to attempt to obtain people’s contact details from third parties and not to send unsolicited marketing material. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Candidates for the local and European Parliament elections in May have been warned that they may face prosecution if they send electoral messag(...)