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As numerous General Data Protection Regulation experts have pointed out, this database seems far from compliant with Irish or EU data laws, on numerous points. File photograph: Getty

Ever since the start of the Sinn Féin Abú electoral database saga, I’ve watched and listened in a synchronous state of dropjaw disbelief. What? How? (...)

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has, until now, been considered responsible for pursuing privacy complaints against multinationals headquartered in the State, such as Facebook. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Data protection authorities in any European Union member state can pursue privacy complaints against Facebook even though it is based in Ireland, the (...)

 German regulator insisted his was not a personal attack on Irish colleague Helen Dixon (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) is overwhelmed with the task of regulating big tech, needs more resources and should accept outside help, a(...)

A view of  a public services card. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Evidence continues to mount that the beleaguered and ill-considered public services card (PSC) is the wannabe cross-departmental project that has beco(...)

When MEPs meet up in Strasbourg next week the latest instalment of a bitter, legislative clash will play out over an important attempt to craft copyri(...)

The Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children had told the Government   data protection issues were creating a ‘very serious deficiency’ in the system set up to prevent clerical sex abuse. Image: Getty

The Data Protection Commission has confirmed it would be illegal for dioceses to share information on suspected clerical abusers with the Catholic Chu(...)

Max Schrems: The default for a site should be for third-party data-gathering to be turned off – “Most of the companies still have everything on.” Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Small companies face excessive fines under Europe’s new data privacy law. It’s not a view you would expect to hear from privacy activist Max Schrems b(...)

We already see applications of  intelligent technology on our smartphones with digital assistants, machine translation and face recognition, but this is only the very start

The industrial revolution was a major turning point in history. Until the advent of steam engine technology, economic growth and wealth-creation were (...)

There are claims two apps developed for the referendum No campaign may share details about Irish app users with a range of right-wing international groups. Photograph: Adam Peck/PA

Some detective work by Buzzfeed writer Laura Silver this week revealed that two of the apps developed for the referendum No campaign may share de(...)

GDPR  is a new EU regulation that updates and harmonises how data is gathered, processed, stored and used across the bloc

You can thank Brussels if your in-box is soon less clogged than usual with spam. Above all you can thank Jan-Philipp Albrecht, a boyish Green Party M(...)

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