Billy Hawkes

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Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has yet to issue a single significant decision on the most high-profile issues facing the watchdog after four and a half years in office. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last week, this column considered fresh revelations regarding Facebook’s past efforts to lobby the Irish Government and influence policy, carried in a(...)

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. Documents seen by the Observer reveal how she and others in Facebook lobbied then-taoiseach Enda Kenny and government representatives on GDPR, taxation policy and the pending appointment of a data protection commissioner. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Facebook’s past efforts to lobby the Irish government and influence policy and decision-making were again on show last week in a front page story in l(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: ‘I think the evidence is very clear that there has been no diminution of the vigilance of data protection in Ireland’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill The Irish Times

There is no evidence former taoiseach Enda Kenny watered down new data protection rules, as part of lobbying efforts for Facebook, Minister for Commun(...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The State’s current and former data watchdogs have said former taoiseach Enda Kenny did not lobby them to take a softer approach on regulating interne(...)

In the dark? Facebook’s chief operating office Sheryl Sandberg. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Is Ireland capable of regulating Facebook? Right now, Facebook doesn’t even seem to be under the full control of its own executive team. The New York(...)

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon began  a formal investigation of the public services card project last October. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commissioner has denied claims by a senior civil servant driving the Government’s public services card (PSC) project that the comm(...)

“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(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The Data Protection Commissioner is considering whether to appeal a successful challenge by former minister for justice Alan Shatter of the commission(...)

The Central Statistics Office wants to force mobile phone network providers to hand over roaming data about tourists and Irish residents travelling abroad. File Photograph

An extraordinary stand-off has emerged between the State’s official statistics body and the data protection watchdog over a plan by the Central Statis(...)

Data Protection Commissioner: Helen Dixon insists that her office is entirely independent from the Government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Justice sought to have the audit files of the Data Protection Commissioner barred from public disclosure to protect guarantees of co(...)

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