Privacy law

ICO advises UK government it can use phone data to track coronavirus

The UK government has been advised by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that it can use anonymised mobile phone data in order to track people who have COVID-19.

Published 30 March 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

FP Logue appointed as solicitors to new privacy non-profit

Dublin firm FP Logue has been appointed as solicitors to Article Eight Advocacy CLG, a new non-profit advocating for data subject rights in Ireland.

Published 20 February 2020

Circuit Court: Courts Service loses appeal against finding that it breached pre-GDPR data protection legislation

The Courts Service has lost an appeal against the Data Protection Commissioner’s finding that it breached pre-GDPR legislation by publishing the name of a notice party who had been granted anonymity.

Published 10 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

Department lodges formal appeal against Public Services Card enforcement notice

The Department of Social Protection has formally appealed against the enforcement measures launched by the Data Protection Commission over the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme.

Published 7 January 2020

Use of facial recognition cameras at new children's hospital hospital 'likely unlawful'

The prospective use of CCTV cameras with facial recognition technology at the new children's hospital in Dublin is "likely unlawful", the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 10 December 2019

Google and Apple to tackle voice assistant privacy concerns at Oireachtas committee

Internet giants Google and Apple will appear before an Oireachtas committee this afternoon to discuss privacy concerns surrounding their voice-activated digital assistants.

Published 3 December 2019

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

UK and US sign landmark law enforcement data access agreement

The UK and the US have signed a bilateral agreement allowing their respective law enforcement agencies to directly demand electronic data relating to serious crime from tech companies in the other jurisdiction.

Published 4 October 2019

Meghan Markle to sue Mail on Sunday over alleged breach of privacy

British royal Meghan Markle has launched legal proceedings against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday alleging a breach of data protection laws.

Published 2 October 2019

CJEU: European 'right to be forgotten' does not extend worldwide

The "right to be forgotten" in EU law does not extend worldwide, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has determined.

Published 25 September 2019

Data protection laws drawing medical research 'to a halt'

Strict data protection laws are drawing medical research "to a halt", according to an umbrella group representing health research charities.

Published 20 September 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

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