Data Protection Commission

Data protection watchdog questions basis for airport questioning

There is no clear legal basis for social welfare inspectors questioning passengers on certain flights out of Ireland as a blanket policy, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) has warned.

Published 30 July 2020

Tusla fined €75,000 for breaches of GDPR rules

Tusla has been fined a total of €75,000 for breaching GDPR rules in the first fines of their kind in Ireland.

Published 18 May 2020

Individuals may be entitled to know if State has sought personal data from telecoms providers

Individuals may have a right to know if their telecoms provider has been asked for their personal data by a State agency such as An Garda Síochána, the Data Protection Commissioner has ruled.

Published 12 May 2020

Privacy campaigners have 'overwhelmed' data protection watchdog

Privacy rights campaigners have overwhelmed Ireland's data protection watchdog with calls for sweeping investigations of entire industries, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said.

Published 29 April 2020

Number of complaints to data protection watchdog up 75 per cent

The number of complaints to the Data Protection Commission rose by 75 per cent last year, according to the watchdog's annual report.

Published 20 February 2020

Data protection watchdog launches inquiries into Google and Tinder

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched statutory inquiries into practices at tech companies Google and Tinder.

Published 5 February 2020

Civil liberties group hits out at 'illegal' use of PSC in childcare scheme

The requirement to hold a Public Services Card (PSC) in order to apply for the National Childcare Scheme is illegal, highly discriminatory and will violate the privacy rights of people living in poverty, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has warned.

Published 20 November 2019

Data protection watchdog to bring enforcement proceedings over Public Services Card scheme

The Data Protection Commission is planning to launch enforcement proceedings against the Department of Social Protection in relation to the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme, according to reports.

Published 18 September 2019

Data protection watchdog warns social media giants likely to face significant fines

Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are likely to face significant fines for misuse of personal data, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has warned.

Published 13 September 2019

Government planning to bring data protection watchdog to court to allow PSC scheme to continue

The Government is considering plans to bring the Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, to court in order to pave the way for its continued use of the controversial Public Services Card (PSC), according to reports.

Published 3 September 2019

Landmark report on Public Services Card to go unpublished for another week

The Data Protection Commission's landmark report on the Public Services Card (PSC) will not be published for at least another week.

Published 23 August 2019

Doubt cast on whether Public Services Card can be fixed through legislation

Lawyers and opposition politicians have cast doubt on whether the flaws in the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme can be fixed through legislation.

Published 19 August 2019

Watchdog finds no legal basis for use of Public Services Card across public services

There is no legal basis for requiring the Public Services Card (PSC) to access many public services which now require it, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) has ruled.

Published 16 August 2019

Facebook to answer to data protection watchdog over human review of audio

Social media giant Facebook has been asked to provide more information to the Data Protection Commission about its now-suspended practice of handing user audio clips to external contractors.

Published 15 August 2019

Helen Dixon reappointed as Data Protection Commissioner

The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, has been reappointed by the Government for a second five-year term.

Published 28 May 2019