Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: from Friday she will have attention-grabbing fines at her disposal. Photograph: Seán Breithaupt and Yvette Monahan/Getty Images

It has come a long way from having just 26 staff in an office next to a Centra in Portarlington but not far enough if the State’s personal-data protec(...)

Organisations must obtain your data fairly. They must collect no more data than is necessary for the purposes for which they plan to use it

The biggest changes in European data-protection law in more than two decades take effect from Friday, May 25th, when the General Data Protection Regul(...)

In an affidavit grounding the application seeking the appointment of inspectors, Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan set out a a range of matters most of which have to do with the relationship between INM and Denis O’Brien.

The High Court will next Wednesday hear a judicial review application from Independent News & Media (INM) aimed at stopping the appointment of in(...)

Central Bank, Dublin. It is expected that the bank will return to court in coming weeks to seek formal access to court papers submitted by the head of the ODCE, Ian Drennan. Photograph: Hufton & Crow

Publishing group Independent News and Media (INM) is facing the possibility of a fresh State investigation, this time by the Central Bank of Ireland u(...)

“Of course Facebook would go to a country with the lowest levels of data protection. It’s natural they would choose Ireland”: German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, Peter Schaar speaking to New York Times in 2015

The State does not have a good reputation for data protection. In 2015 the former German federal commissioner for data protection, Peter Schaar, put i(...)

Independent News & Media chairman  Leslie Buckley  at the company’s AGM in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State investigation into the newspaper publishing group Independent News & Media (INM) has been stepped up significantly. The State’s corporat(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan accepted there were difficulties with the current legislation but denied it was unconstitutional. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A report by the former chief justice John Murray has found that current data-retention legislation amounts to mass surveillance of the entire populati(...)

The offices of Insurance Ireland were visited by compliance officers on Tuesday as part of a European Union investigation. Photograph: Collins

Motor insurance providers in Ireland were subject to a series of raids on Tuesday as part of an investigation into suspected anti-competitive practice(...)

The offices of Insurance Ireland in  Harbourmaster Place in Dublin’s IFSC. Photograph:  Bryan Meade/The Irish Times

Motor insurance providers in Ireland were subject to a series of targeted raids as part of an anti-cartel investigation, the European Commission confi(...)

Micheál Martin suggests dinner date with Simon Coveney to raise money for Marymount Hospice.

All this talk of building walls and restoring barriers and pulling up drawbridges is very unsettling. Why can’t we all just get along? Like they d(...)

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