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If you want to stop Google gathering data, you need to turn off Play Services. And without Play Services, the exposure notification API that the Covid Tracker Ireland App depends on will not work.

Google found itself back in the spotlight last week when research into a number of coronavirus contact-tracing apps conducted by researchers at Trinit(...)

While people on the subsidy can still apply for the loan, a spokesman for the Department confirmed that “draw-down would not commence until the applicant’s unsupported income post-Covid subsidy has returned to the level specified in the original application for a period of time, usually up to three months”. File photograph: Getty

Mortgage offers made under a government loan scheme may be withdrawn due to the Covid-19 crisis, while those in receipt of wage subsidies could face a(...)

The Health Service Executive has published the Data Protection Impact Assessment and has also published the source code. Illustration: Getty

The Health Service Executive has published key design and data privacy documents ahead of the launch of its Covid-19 tracker app. It is anticipated t(...)

When the owner of a device with this app installed tests positive for Covid-19, this data may enable the contact tracing process to take place more efficiently and more quickly.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said it is likely that a smartphone app to facilitate contact tracing will be rolled out in the next 10 days. (...)

The Minister for Housing published new rules on short-term lettings at the end of 2018, which came into force last July. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Question: Have resources been made available to enforce new laws on AirBnB-style lettings? Who is making the claim? In its election manifesto, Fian(...)

Jimmy Lawless, grandson of Séamus Lawless who was murdered by the Black and Tans in January 1920, at the spot he was killed on Bridge Street, Balbriggan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Jimmy Lawless has plastic bags and boxes of old certificates and yellowing photographs of his grandfather Séamus Lawless, who was killed by the Black (...)

The use of WhatsApp by professional or community organisations raised a series of compliance concerns regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Privacy experts have warned that political parties, sports clubs and community organisations should stop using WhatsApp, the instant messaging service(...)

Kath Cottier and Andrew Prior, members of the Construction Defects Alliance lobbying group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Up to 92,000 Celtic Tiger-era apartments may be affected by building defects, including fire safety issues, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The h(...)

Data-protection commissioner Helen Dixon said: “The DPC is disappointed that the additional funding allocated is less than one-third of the funding that the DPC requested in its budget submission.”

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) received less than a third of the additional funding it sought in Budget 2020, a situation that leaves it having (...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said reforms that would grant powers to local authorities to build more houses without getting permission from  central Government would be ‘questionable’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has described as “reckless” reforms that would grant powers to local authorities to build more houses without getti(...)

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