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(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes: said there were concerns over in workplaces where “workers perceive that their work performance is being monitored on a live basis”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A nursing home used CCTV monitored by smartphones “as a substitute for on-the-ground supervisory staff”, the Data Protection Commissioner has f(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes. An investigator from the commissioner’s office has written to the person who made the complaint indicating the matter will be raised with LinkedIn.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Data Protection Commissioner is investigating a complaint that an employee of online networking company LinkedIn allegedly accessed personal de(...)

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