Simon Mcgarr

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Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: from Friday she will have attention-grabbing fines at her disposal. Photograph: Seán Breithaupt and Yvette Monahan/Getty Images

It has come a long way from having just 26 staff in an office next to a Centra in Portarlington but not far enough if the State’s personal-data protec(...)

In January a former civil servant who sold the personal details of hundreds of people was sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/ Bloomberg

Government departments and other public bodies may face regulatory fines of up to €1 million for breaching people’s data protection rights after a Gov(...)

Cambridge Analytica: yet another undercover expose about data misuse. Photograph: Andy  Rain

At the core of the whole Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal is this: unforeseen consequences. The unforeseen consequences of developers creatin(...)

Max Schrems, who in August 2011 flagged the loophole that allowed apps installed by users of Facebook to ‘harvest’ data from their friends without their direct knowledge or explicit consent.

A loophole that led to a political data firm using unauthorised information collected from Facebook users in Donald Trump’s campaign was raised with a(...)

File photograph of Paschal Donohoe, with a facsimile of his public services card. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are grave concerns about the Government’s public services card (PSC) project and its impact on people’s fundamental rights, an Oireachtas commit(...)

Don’t ask children what they would do if they got requests from a stranger online but say “if your friend came to you and said this happened, what would you tell them?”

The little girl had bought the phone with her Holy Communion money to watch cartoons, dancing and singing online. It was a very innocent and very mode(...)

About 2.8 million public services cards have been issued to date

Campaigners against the UK’s abandoned national ID card scheme have said there are “massive privacy issues” around the public services card (PSC) that(...)

Experts in data protection, legal commentators and the Irish Council of Civil Liberties have expressed concern about the card and the seemingly growing necessity for it to access public services, some essential for people’s everyday lives.

The Public Service Card is not compulsory for all citizens. It is, however, mandatory for collecting welfare payments, sitting a driver theory test a(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: said he genuinely believed the public services card was a good idea and that it was “very important that this doesn’t get distorted or misrepresented as something that it’s not”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said people have nothing to fear from the public services card and that it exists merely to ensure people can cla(...)

An example of the public services card.

The State appears to be on a “collision course” with European law over its handling of major projects involving personal data, an Oireachtas committee(...)

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