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#Billy Hawkes

# billy-hawkes - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Meet the new boss in charge of protecting all our data
# New Job
# New Job

Meet the new boss in charge of protecting all our data

Sep 10th 2014, 4:05 PM 8,076 Views 15 Comments

So long, Billy Hawkes. Hello, Helen Dixon.

# billy-hawkes - Saturday 31 May, 2014

The Data Protection Commissioner is getting a new office, but keeping the one beside a convenience store in Laois
# Moving On Up
# Moving On Up

The Data Protection Commissioner is getting a new office, but keeping the one beside a convenience store in Laois

May 31st 2014, 7:15 AM 12,146 Views 29 Comments

The DPC is to open a new sub office in Dublin following Cabinet agreement this week.

# billy-hawkes - Monday 12 May, 2014

The Data Protection Commissioner is very worried about the new postcode system. Here's why...
# Eircode
# Eircode

The Data Protection Commissioner is very worried about the new postcode system. Here's why...

May 12th 2014, 10:45 PM 46,802 Views 118 Comments

The office says that “in the Irish context, a person’s home address is an important part of their identity.

# billy-hawkes - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Column: Why has it taken so long for the DPC to investigate Shatter's Prime Time comment?
# Column
# Column

Column: Why has it taken so long for the DPC to investigate Shatter's Prime Time comment?

Apr 5th 2014, 5:30 PM 135 Views 30 Comments

It was almost a year ago that a complaint was made about the Minister for Justice telling Prime Time about Mick Wallace being cautioned by a garda over using his mobile phone while driving, writes William Campbell.

# billy-hawkes - Saturday 22 March, 2014

"General snooping" likely reason gardaí looked up model 80 times --- Data Commissioner
# Pulse Checks
# Pulse Checks

"General snooping" likely reason gardaí looked up model 80 times --- Data Commissioner

Mar 22nd 2014, 1:03 PM 30,585 Views 94 Comments

An audit of the force’s data system found that the records of several high-profile people had been accessed inappropriately.

# billy-hawkes - Friday 21 March, 2014

Garda whistleblowers' use of PULSE system criticised by Data Commissioner
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

Garda whistleblowers' use of PULSE system criticised by Data Commissioner

Mar 21st 2014, 2:11 PM 9,121 Views 68 Comments

The Garda Commissioner has said he shares the concerns “and I have expressed my disquiet about this publically on several occasions”.

# billy-hawkes - Monday 27 January, 2014

Private answers: Irish people are now less worried about social media security
# Snoop Logs
# Snoop Logs

Private answers: Irish people are now less worried about social media security

Jan 27th 2014, 5:14 PM 6,871 Views 16 Comments

Over two-thirds of people feel they have had their privacy breached, with a rise in unsolicited emails and texts.

# billy-hawkes - Friday 22 November, 2013

Committee should be 'unhindered' in investigating garda whistleblower files
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

Committee should be 'unhindered' in investigating garda whistleblower files

Nov 22nd 2013, 11:31 AM 3,970 Views 8 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee has been asked to hand back files it has received alleging abuse of the penalty points system.

# billy-hawkes - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

Gardaí investigate as 1.5 million affected by Loyaltybuild data breach
# Data Theft
# Data Theft

Gardaí investigate as 1.5 million affected by Loyaltybuild data breach

Nov 13th 2013, 8:47 AM 6,785 Views 19 Comments

Customers are being advised to check for unusual transactions over the last month.

# billy-hawkes - Monday 10 June, 2013

Data Protection Commissioner 'not surprised' by US surveillance programme
# Information
# Information

Data Protection Commissioner 'not surprised' by US surveillance programme

Jun 10th 2013, 12:47 PM 5,377 Views 59 Comments

Billy Hawkes said that his concern might be that there would be an abuse of powers that have been granted for legitimate reasons.

# billy-hawkes - Monday 20 May, 2013

'Worrying degree of inappropriate access' to welfare information
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

'Worrying degree of inappropriate access' to welfare information

May 20th 2013, 3:16 PM 11,991 Views 34 Comments

One HSE employee searched the social welfare records of their son’s girlfriend.

# billy-hawkes - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Data Protection Commissioner investigating secondary schools' security flaw
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Data Protection Commissioner investigating secondary schools' security flaw

Oct 23rd 2012, 7:05 AM 5,619 Views 18 Comments

The data watchdog has asked the manufacturer of potentially vulnerable software to provide a full list of affected schools.

# billy-hawkes - Friday 21 September, 2012

Data Protection Commissioner satisfied with Facebook Ireland
# Billy Hawkes
# Billy Hawkes

Data Protection Commissioner satisfied with Facebook Ireland

Sep 21st 2012, 3:22 PM 2,943 Views 8 Comments

Billy Hawkes’s office published the findings of its latest audit on the social media giant today.

# billy-hawkes - Monday 30 April, 2012

Data Commissioner dealt with record number of complaints in 2011
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Data Commissioner dealt with record number of complaints in 2011

Apr 30th 2012, 12:20 PM 1,430 Views 1 Comment

Billy Hawkes said his office received 1,161 complaints for investigation last year.

# billy-hawkes - Friday 10 February, 2012

Eircom criticised by DPC over slow reporting of laptop data breach
# Security
# Security

Eircom criticised by DPC over slow reporting of laptop data breach

Feb 10th 2012, 9:15 AM 3,386 Views 31 Comments

Bank account details of some 550 customers may be at risk as Eircom has only now revealed a data breach that occurred last year.

# billy-hawkes - Thursday 5 January, 2012

Minister for the Environment insists household charge site is "fully secure"
# Household Charge
# Household Charge

Minister for the Environment insists household charge site is "fully secure"

Jan 5th 2012, 3:39 PM 3,696 Views 53 Comments

Phil Hogan was responding to criticisms by the Data Protection Commissioner earlier today who said it was a “somewhat disturbing development” that the gov

# billy-hawkes - Monday 30 May, 2011

Schools forced to remove CCTV systems by Data Protection Commissioner
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Schools forced to remove CCTV systems by Data Protection Commissioner

May 30th 2011, 4:08 PM 913 Views 0 Comments

The Data Protection Commissioner’s report for 2010 says investigation revealed inappropriate access to insurance data as well as two cases where school has to remove CCTV cameras.

# billy-hawkes - Friday 22 April, 2011

Data Protection Commissioner wants Apple to explain tracking feature
# IPhone Tracking
# IPhone Tracking

Data Protection Commissioner wants Apple to explain tracking feature

Apr 22nd 2011, 12:29 PM 1,229 Views 0 Comments

The Irish DPC Billy Hawkes called on the tech giant to be more transparent about its tracking feature which has caused much controversy in recent days.