Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon  in her Fitzwilliam Square offices. Dixon wants to extend her role into a second five-year term when her current one ends in September “to continue out the work that we have started”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Rarely have four letters caused such dread. GDPR – the EU law designed to give people more control over their personal data in the internet age – cele(...)

The Data Protection Commission became Google’s lead data protection regulator under GDPR in late January this year. Photograph: Getty

The State’s data watchdog has opened its first investigation into Google to examine a suspected infringement of EU privacy rules covering the sharing (...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in Dublin on April 2nd. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg breezed through Dublin on Tuesday, pressing the point for regulation of the internet in a bid to deal with harmful co(...)

Irish companies have been advised to review their UK data services and storage. Image: iStock

The Government has issued Brexit advice to Irish businesses that may be storing personal data in the UK or in a UK-based cloud service. Companies “ne(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s data privacy watchdog will start making decisions by the summer on whether internet giants should face large fines under the new EU data p(...)

Decision by Bundeskartellamt pairs privacy and antitrust legislation. If upheld, it will be far-reaching. Photograph: Epa/Sascha Steinbach

A ruling last week in Germany has the potential to change the parameters of surveillance capitalism by forcing Facebook and many other companies to li(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The regulator overseeing the handling of personal data is “extremely concerned” about the ability of the Office of Public Works to find a permanent of(...)

Ciarán Ó Cofaigh (51) is taking on the State: “My name without a fada isn’t my name”

The State data watchdog is investigating the refusal of public bodies and private companies to properly spell Irish names after a television producer (...)

  “The prisoner should be informed that they have the right to contact their solicitor, and should be given an opportunity to do so as soon as practicable,” Deirdre Malone, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The family of a prisoner in Mountjoy Prison was refused details about why he had been locked in a “padded cell” due to GDPR constraints, lawyers for t(...)

Tech companies’  products offer enticements, and many benefits but their potential encroachments and real costs go unrecognised (at best) or more despicably, are hidden (NB Google and Facebook). Photograph: Getty Images

‘Privacy – the question of who has the right to obtain, retain, and perhaps even sell personal information in digital form – is becoming one of the ho(...)

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