The State’s data privacy watchdog has received a ‘lifetime achievement’ award under Germany’s ‘Big Brother Awards’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s data privacy watchdog has received a “lifetime achievement” award under Germany’s “Big Brother Awards” that are selected by data privacy a(...)

Privacy activist Max Schrems: described the now invalid Privacy Shield data framework as “lipstick on a pig”. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

A major US-EU announcement last Friday was drowned out by the noise of a thousand opinion pieces being hastily typed, after US president Joe Biden’s o(...)

The DPC is Facebook’s lead regulator in the EU. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has imposed a €17 million fine on Meta, the parent of Facebook. The decision follows an inquiry into a se(...)

The DPC’s office confirmed  that a preliminary decision had been issued to Meta/Facebook last week. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

A ripple of shock must have swept across the corporate landscape over reports last week that the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) would order Fa(...)

European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened an inquiry into the European Commission’s failure to act against the State over the pace of big tech investigat(...)

Facebook parent Meta is under investigation by both Revenue and the Irish Data Protection Commission. Photograph:   Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Facebook parent Meta has warned that a Revenue Commissioners inquiry into the social media giant could be widened. It also expressed concern that in(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

* Data protection chief Helen Dixon dismissed claims at the weekend that her organisation lobbied EU data protection authorities to ease rules for big(...)

The Data Protection Commission’s sclerotic approach to taking decisions rankles in the EU – and globally too. Photograph: Getty

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) is clearly under siege. Negative global and Irish press coverage has accrued in recent weeks, alongside cri(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The right to privacy and data protection would cease to exist if the Irish Data Protection Commission’s (DPC) draft decision in a major inquiry into F(...)

Data protection commissioner Helen Dixon. The commission said its structure is unchanged from that which was deemed adequate to meet the requirement of the 1988 Data Protection Act. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has called on the Government to allow it to recruit more people at higher pay to allow it to continue to operate (...)

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