Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Mobile phone carrier Three is providing the aggregated movement data of its 2.4m Irish customers to the Department of Health and the CSO in order to monitor compliance with Covid-19 public health and movement restrictions.

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

The Irish DPC finds itself in this position because of the way that the GDPR works: when there are privacy problems, the cases are brought by the data protection authority of the EU nation in which the company concerned is based.

Web sites shared over 100 trillion pieces of our personal data last year: time to stop real-time bidding’s blatant disregard of privacy

Web sites shared over 100 trillion pieces of our personal data last year: time to stop real-time bidding’s blatant disregard of privacy

Today, we at the ICCL [Irish Council for Civil Liberties] submitted evidence to the DPC that show the consequence of failure to enforce the GDPR to stop the vast RTB data breach at the heart of the online advertising industry.

Top EU data protection agency under pressure to act against Internet giants as GDPR turns 2 years old

Top EU data protection agency under pressure to act against Internet giants as GDPR turns 2 years old

With its public statement, the Irish DPC is trying to signal that it is working hard on these big cases, but Schrems doesn’t think it is making enough progress.

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

In November 2019, BEUC sent another letter to the DPC, noting: “One year after these complaints were filed, it has yet not been decided whether Google infringed the GDPR.” As Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, said: Considering the scale of the problem, which affects millions of European consumers, this investigation should be a priority for the Irish data protection authority.

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, N. Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, N. Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers

In an announcement of the seizure of the domain posted Thursday by the US Justice Department, the DOJ alleged that WeLeakInfo allowed its users to access "a search engine to review and obtain the personal information illegally obtained in over 10,000 data breaches containing over 12 billion indexed records—including, for example, names, email addresses, usernames, phone numbers, and passwords for online accounts."

ID card scandal deepens: Irish government vows to defy Data Protection Commission’s ruling against Public Services Card

ID card scandal deepens: Irish government vows to defy Data Protection Commission’s ruling against Public Services Card

The Irish government department at the heart of the plans for the PSC and associated database, the Department of Social Protection, suffered hundreds of privacy breaches a few years back; widespread use of the identity card would give tens of thousands of public servants and contractors ready access to highly personal data – a recipe for disaster.

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

The Irish regulator, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it’s already looking at similar data processing by Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

The probe is examining whether Apple has complied with the relevant provisions of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law in relation to an access request from a customer.

Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into Google

Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into Google

The probe was the result of a number of submissions against the company, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said, including from privacy-focused web browser Brave, which complained last year that Google and other digital advertising firms were playing fast and loose with people’s data.

Google faces first investigation by its European lead authority for “suspected infringement” of the GDPR, following formal complaint from Brave

Google faces first investigation by its European lead authority for “suspected infringement” of the GDPR, following formal complaint from Brave

[9] See “Ryan report on behavioral advertising and personal data” (URL: ) and “Examples of data in a bid request from IAB OpenRTB and Google Authorized Buyers’ specification documents” (URL: ); and “Google’s publisher verticals list” (URL: ), evidence submitted to the Irish Data Protection Commission, and UK Information Commissioner’s Office, 12 September 2018 and 20 February 2019.

Google’s lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech

Google’s lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech

The statutory inquiry into Google’s adtech that’s being opened by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), cites section 110 of Ireland’s Data Protection Act 2018, which means that the watchdog suspects infringement — and will now investigate its suspicions.

How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world

How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world

Privacy watchdogs also voice concerns about the 2014 appointment of Dixon, an Irish civil servant with no prior experience in regulatory enforcement, to replace Billy Hawkes, the regulator who initially presided over the finding of Facebook’s over-sharing of data with researchers and developers of third-party apps.

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

Facebook Data Breach Fines Could Top $1B

Facebook Data Breach Fines Could Top $1B

The Irish Data Protection Commission told CNN it launched the inquiry due to several breaches reported to the regulator, including Facebook’s latest disclosure that a bug exposed the photos of millions of Facebook users for twelve days.

Tech giants under threat as online privacy for kids becomes a reality

Tech giants under threat as online privacy for kids becomes a reality

Speaking to The Irish Times at the Web Summit in Lisbon recently, Collins said that laws such as the children’s online privacy protection Act (COPPA) in the US and its European cousin GDPR-K, which both legally prevent data capture on kids, is triggering a seismic structural change in the internet.

Twitter Is Being Formally Investigated Following a GDPR Complaint

Twitter Is Being Formally Investigated Following a GDPR Complaint

Twitter is being investigated by Irish privacy authorities over its refusal to give a user information about how it tracks him when he clicks on links in tweets.