Former chief justice John Murray: produced a damning report which draws pretty much the same conclusions about Irish law that the ECJ did about the EU directive. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s taken quite a while for the Irish Government to properly notice that, in April 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) resoundingly rejected th(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: ‘The 2018 budget increase is hugely positive and critical to preparations for our enhanced and increasingly globally prominent regulatory role’

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon says her office aims to spend its additional €4 million allocated in Budget 2018 to recruit up to 40 new emp(...)

In almost every regard the Irish system fails to meet standards articulated in a number of recent judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. Photograph: iStock

It’s not every day that a Minister for Justice issues a report describing their department as operating a universal, indiscriminate and illegal system(...)

While authorities may push ahead with plans which ignore concerns about privacy and data protection, the law will eventually catch up with them, usually at significant cost to the taxpayer.

The growth of the public services card as a de facto national ID card has attracted a lot of media attention recently, with special credit due to Elai(...)

The vast majority of politicians still do not understand, in depth or breadth, the data protection and privacy issues that lie at the heart of a functional, transparent democracy. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Concern over the now infamous Public Services Card has been a slow build. A very slow build. The card was being discussed in the Dáil in 2005 – Fine(...)

Legal experts are of the view  that lengthy court lists   would be the result of not implementing two optional parts of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation relating    to class actions. Illustration: Getty

Much coverage of the General Data Protection Regulation has focused, understandably, on the potentially gigantic fines that might be levied on compani(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said it would  be compulsory for all passport applicants to hold a public services card. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former minister for justice in the government that decided to introduce public services cards for citizens has said he was against national identit(...)

Sample Public Services Card: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe confirmed that all passport applicants will be required to have the document   from the autumn

Privacy campaigners have expressed concern that a plan by the Government to make all citizens applying for a passport and a driving licence first obt(...)

While Ministers have insisted the card will not be compulsory, making it a requirement for all passport and driving licence applications  means it will become so over time for anyone wishing to travel or drive a car

All Irish citizens applying for a passport will be required to produce the State’s public services card (PSC) from the autumn, it has been confirmed. (...)

The Advocate General expressed a vigorous defence of personal privacy in the face of the “mission creep” of states and law enforcement agencies. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

People’s communications data cannot be gathered and held by governments without strong safeguards, firm time limits, transparent and vigorous oversigh(...)