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Once your data is breached – even just a single login and password – it leaves you vulnerable in ways you might never imagine. Photograph: iStock

Earlier this week, while checking my spam folder in search of a wayward email, one message caught my eye. The subject heading was one of my own login (...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon welcomed the increase in funding for her office.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commission has welcomed the “significant” increased funding of €3.5 million allocated in the budget. The allocation will bring t(...)

Photograph:   Lionel Bonaventure, Getty

Another month, another set of Facebook privacy scandals. The one most people heard about – because it made leading news stories across the globe – in(...)

Facebook users have been warned to be vigilant after it emerged the tech giant had suffered a security breach affecting 50 million users. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Ireland’s data commissioner is expected to formally open an investigation later this week into the circumstances of the cyber attack that allowed hack(...)

John Naughton: “We are the enthusiastic hosts of a number of giant corporations, at least two of which are likely to turn out to be very bad eggs.”

The State is in for “a day of reckoning” over its decision to continually bend over backwards to accommodate technology giants, a leading tech comment(...)

Revenue documents show that the Government intended scrapping the single property tax rate – tied to a home’s value – in favour of a new system based on where people live.

The Government plans to overhaul property tax to avoid a “timebomb” ahead of a general election, the Sunday Business Post reported. The paper said th(...)

A report indicated that Google continues to collect revealing location-based data through users’ Android phones and via Google Maps on the iPhone. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Where does responsibility lie – and what initiative may a national data protection authority take – when a company has potentially breached consumer p(...)

Google’s activities will place the Irish office of the Data Protection Commissioner under international scrutiny. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Another week, another story demonstrating that big tech companies really don’t think you need to know how they surveil you – even as they deceptively (...)

CCTV cameras in Duleek, Co Meath.  File photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Justice is continuing to provide funding to local authorities for community CCTV schemes despite the Data Protection Commissioner an(...)

Max Schrems: The default for a site should be for third-party data-gathering to be turned off – “Most of the companies still have everything on.” Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Small companies face excessive fines under Europe’s new data privacy law. It’s not a view you would expect to hear from privacy activist Max Schrems b(...)

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