Data Protection Commission



Leaked Facebook data may predate GDPR

A massive dataset of personal information from 553 million Facebook users which surfaced online over the weekend may predate the GDPR, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) has said.

Published 7 April 2021

Data protection watchdog handled over 10,000 cases in 2020

Ireland's data protection watchdog handled over 10,000 cases last year, a nine per cent increase on the previous year.

Published 26 February 2021

Twitter fined €450,000 following landmark watchdog inquiry

Ireland's data protection watchdog has imposed a €450,000 fine on Twitter following a landmark inquiry regarding a data breach.

Published 15 December 2020

Privacy watchdog to probe Instagram over children's data

Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two inquiries into the processing of children's data by Instagram, part of Facebook Ireland Limited.

Published 19 October 2020

Data protection watchdog continues to suffer 'indefensible' underfunding

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) continues to suffer from "indefensible" underfunding, a privacy expert has said.

Published 14 October 2020

Facebook plays down suggestions it will leave EU over data transfer ban

Social media giant Facebook has played down suggestions that it will withdraw from Europe despite suggesting in an Irish court filing that it may have to.

Published 24 September 2020

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