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(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes, who commenced an investigation into Loyaltybuild’s operation after the data breach last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The company at the centre of the biggest data breach ever dealt with in Ireland has recommenced trading and said it had invested €500,000 in ne(...)

Assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney who today took prosecutions against the Carphone Warehouse and Therapie Clinic for sending unsolicited spam texts. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A phone shop and a beauty clinic were fined €6,000 and €3,000 respectively when they were prosecuted today for sending spam text messages. (...)

Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan, with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald.  Egan revealed that Fitzgerald told him he didn’t “really need to know about politics” to run for election. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

As the presenter who pitches himself as possessing a direct line to the plain people of Ireland, Joe Duffy is in predictably high dudgeon on We(...)

An invisible crime

Cybercrime can often be an invisible crime where the victim is robbed by stealth, first of credit card details and later of cash, but for a time remai(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes. His office has issued formal warnings to two charities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Charities have been warned they may face prosecution if they improperly use the contact details of people who have made donations to them using tex(...)