The Yahoo  data breach involved the accounts of 500 million  customers

An investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner into a massive data breach involving the accounts of 500 million Yahoo customers is due to concl(...)

The Data Protection Commissioner’s annual report for 2016 includes a case where   a primary school’s computer systems were encrypted and held to ransom by hackers.

A primary school’s computer system was encrypted by hackers who demanded a ransom to release the personal details of its pupils. The case is outline(...)

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon published her annual report for 2016 on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An employee of a residential care home was fired after a supervisor used a mobile phone to take photos of them sleeping on the job covered in a duvet,(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State’s surveillance and communications interception laws require “a thorough modernisation” to ensure state-of-the-art powers for intelligence ag(...)

Public and private hospitals are to be examined to ensure sensitive patient files are handled properly.

Hospitals are to be inspected by the State’s data watchdog to ensure staff are respecting patient privacy when staff handle data in public areas. Da(...)

Data Protection Commissioner: Helen Dixon insists that her office is entirely independent from the Government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Justice sought to have the audit files of the Data Protection Commissioner barred from public disclosure to protect guarantees of co(...)

Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy and the Government’s Data Forum announced on Tuesday  a data summit will take place in  Dublin in June.

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf will address an international conference in Dublin in June which aims to explore the expanding role of data in society. M(...)

The Data Proection Commission is not generally keen on cameras in cabs, saying, “The continuous recording of passengers in taxis is not compliant with the data protection legislation.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A few weeks ago, I got into a taxi. Nothing out of the ordinary about it, it was just a regular taxi journey. A bit of chat with the driver, talking a(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: she had refused to provide details of lobbying last year by Yahoo, Ibec, Microsoft, the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and other organisations. Photograph: Eric Luke

The independent regulator responsible for protecting the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of EU citizens does not have to disclose details of lo(...)

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

New patient safety and health information legislation would create an “insurmountable conflict” for the Data Protection Commissioner if it imposes the(...)

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