The Data Protection Commissioner has asked the Department of Social Protection for explanations about the legal basis for the card project.

The Department of Social Protection has been told by the State’s data protection watchdog to outline how social welfare legislation provides a “robust(...)

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(...)

The CSO wants to use its powers under the Statistics Act to compel mobile  operators to transfer to it on an ongoing basis the details of phones or users roaming on the networks. File photograph: iStock

Mobile network operators have declined to comment on a project by the Central Statistics Office which seeks to force them to hand over phone data for (...)

The Central Statistics Office wants to force mobile phone network providers to hand over roaming data about tourists and Irish residents travelling abroad. File Photograph

An extraordinary stand-off has emerged between the State’s official statistics body and the data protection watchdog over a plan by the Central Statis(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said many public-sector bodies seemed to “struggle enormously with the high-level, principles-based nature of data-protection law”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many websites offering genetic testing for commercial purposes fail to outline the privacy implications of such tests, Data Protection Commissioner He(...)

Leo Varadkar addressing the Data Summit in Dublin, his first public appearance at an event as Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has carried out his first public duty, opening the government’s Data Summit at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Mr Varadkar to(...)

Bill would ensure public bodies shared data ‘where it is appropriate to do so’

Government departments and other public bodies would be allowed to share information about citizens’ incomes and other financial details under a “sign(...)

Election literature featuring Independent candidate Mark Savage.

The Data Protection Commissioner and Google have urged the High Court to overturn a finding in favour of a man in the first “right to be forgotten” ca(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald published the General Scheme of the Data Protection Bill 2017 on Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Government must show that it respects citizens’ right to privacy by giving proper consideration to a major new data protection Bill, an advocacy g(...)

A vigil outside the Dáil on Friday for Dara Quigley. Pictured is her friend Dolly Murphy with her painted impression of Dara. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner has said it is examining the leaking of Garda footage of the late journalist and blogger Dara Quigley. (...)

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