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(...)

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The expected announcement of an increase in funding for the office of the Data Protection Commissioner did not come in Budget 2015 but the Department (...)

‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling by the European Court of Justice impacted on Google and intensified debate in Europe about data protection. Photograph: Reuters

The Government is expected to increase funding for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in tomorrow’s budget, as it prepares to step-up inv(...)

Never have the issues of data protection and personal privacy had such high profile

What does Ireland need from its new Data Protection Commissioner?We now know who has replaced former Commissioner Billy Hawkes, who retired from the r(...)

Helen Dixon has been appointed the new Data Protection Commissioner.

The Government has announced the appointment of Helen Dixon as the new Data Protection Commissioner.Ms Dixon, who has previously held senior managemen(...)

Outgoing Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes in an interview with Centre for Irish and European Security director Sadhbh McCarthy at the Hibernian Club in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Do you know your data privacy rights? Whether the answer is “yes”, “not a clue” or “have never thought about it for more than two seconds”, retirin(...)

Billy Hawkes: said Google’s policy of notifying news publishers about links it had removed led to the news publishers flag the articles and give them to a burst of publicity. Photograph: Eric Luke

Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s da(...)

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Google risks a fresh round of criticism after its attempts to apply a court ruling giving citizens the right to be forgotten backfired, the State’s da(...)

The original complaint, taken by Austrian law student Max Schrems (above) against Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes (below), argues that the DPC took the wrong decision in refusing to investigate whether Schrems’s Facebook data was given adequate protection

Trade between companies in the United States and Europe could end up a casualty of a Facebook data lawsuit referred by the Irish High Court to the (...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he often felt he was fighting a ‘losing battle’ with some State bodies on privacy issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There is an opportunity for Ireland to be seen as a model of a country that can embrace advanced technology without sacrificing rights guaranteed by o(...)