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# Data Protection Commission

Last month
May 2023
# i'm feeling fined
Facebook-owner Meta hit with record fine of €1.2 billion by Ireland's Data Protection Commission
Meta has said it will appeal the decision.
This year
# Data Protection Commission
Watchdog 'assessing' data breach report from Munster Technological University cyber attack
MTU Cork confirmed last night that hackers had encrypted data and demanded a ransom.
WhatsApp Ireland fined €5.5 million for breaches of GDPR
The Data Protection Commission also announced that WhatsApp Ireland has six months to bring its data processing operations into compliance.
Last year
Data Protection Commission warned legal costs could drain resources, document shows
The risk register also warned of the difficulty in securing enough government funding and getting sanction for “key items of expenditure”.
# Instagram
Instagram launches High Court appeal against record €405 million fine
The fine was issued following an investigation into the way Instagram handled teenagers’ personal data.
# Instagram
DPC defends handling of social media investigations after €405 million Instagram fine
Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the long-running criticisms are ‘becoming old news’.
# Facebook Ireland
Instagram hit by record €405 million fine by Data Protection Commissioner
This is the biggest fine ever handed out by the Data Protection Commissioner.
# twitter security
Irish Data Protection Commission in discussions with Twitter over security risk claims
The Irish DPC is the watchdog for Twitter in Europe as the company has its regional headquarters in Dublin.
# Data Protection
Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined
Noteworthy investigation reveals the Department had a database of individual free travel journeys until 2020.
The Data Protection Commission is looking at use of free travel pass data, writes Maria Delaney
Noteworthy investigation reveals the Department had a database of free travel journeys until 2020
We also find Leap card system usage records, including journey data, are being retained for over a year
Data complaint lodged against GeoDirectory for 'selling personal information' to companies
The ICCL said it was able to buy data about people living in Limerick and Dublin and whether they are “deprived’, “struggling” or “affluent”.
# Meta
Data watchdog issues €17 million fine against Facebook
The fine follows a DPC inquiry into 12 data breach notifications received between June and December 2018.
# Courts
High Court challenge alleges DPC failed to investigate complaint made about Google, IAB Europe
Dr Johnny Ryan claims the Data Protection Commission has delayed investigating his 2018 complaint regarding the two companies.
All time
# Cyber Attack
Four months before all people who had data stolen in cyber attack are contacted, says HSE
Data was retrieved from the US Department of Justice by the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.
DPC warns about use of CCTV outside private homes after over 150 complaints in past year
Most complaints are mainly about neighbours who operate either a CCTV system or smart doorbell.
# throwing shade
Ireland's data watchdog raises concerns over new Facebook/Ray-Ban smart glasses
Wearers can take a picture or record video by voice command or by pressing a button.
WhatsApp Ireland fights back against Data Protection Commissioner's €225 million fine
The Facebook-owned company has launched judicial review proceedings against the penalty in the High Court.
# Cyber Security
GSOC finds IT security 'vulnerability' following cyber warning
The garda watchdog found the security threat after a “general advisory” was issued.
# Audit
Data regulator to conduct audit of every Irish political party
The audit will inquire into the processing of personal data by parties over the past three years.
High Court rejects Facebook bid to block probe that could stop data transfers from EU to US
Facebook Ireland today lost its bid to block the Data Protection Commissioner from conducting a probe into the matter.
# Data
Committee to hear criticisms and calls for reform of Data Protection Commission
An Oireachtas committee will discuss data protection law later this evening.
# online activity
Mary Lou McDonald says voters can 'of course' ask Sinn Féin what information the party holds on them
McDonald was speaking about her party’s data collection practices amid questions from the Data Protection Commission.
# millions affected
Data Protection Commission launches probe into Facebook over user data breach
The dataset leaked online included phone numbers and email addresses from Facebook users
# Facebook
Data watchdog awaiting 'firm answers' from Facebook over information leak
The dataset leaked online included phone numbers and email addresses from Facebook users.
# dossiers
Data watchdog launches inquiry into Health Department's processing of personal data
The inquiry follows last week’s RTÉ Investigates report on the Department processing data of children with autism involved in cases against the State.
# Health Warning
Two people complained that they were identifiable in a HSE case study on the dangers of Covid
The HSE uses a combination of different case studies in its Covid-19 examples.
# Data Protection
'Needed further thinking': DPC paused Facebook's plan to expand its suicide and self-harm prevention tools
The Data Protection Commission released its annual report for 2020 earlier today.
# Data Protection Commission
Over 6,600 data security breaches notified last year – watchdog
More than 6,600 data security breaches were notified last year, according to the Data Protection Commission.
# Home Security
'Big rise' in complaints about domestic CCTV cameras, Data Protection Commissioner says
Helen Dixon said domestic CCTV is “an issue that really bothers people”.
Data Protection Commission fines Twitter €450,000 over GDPR breach
It’s the first time a big tech company has been penalised under GDPR rules.
# Data Protection Commission
Minister for Justice and Irish Prison Service appeal data watchdog finding about officers' thumbprints
The case against the DPC was launched in the High Court on Tuesday.
# Data Protection
Facebook launches High Court challenge to DPC's order to suspend EU-US data transfers
The DPC told Facebook this week to stop transferring data belonging to European Union users to the US.
# Data Protection Commission
Facebook told it can no longer send user data from EU to US
The social media giant said the Data Protection Commission told it the key mechanism it uses to transfer data to the US “cannot in practice be used”.
Department of Social Protection defends 'legal basis' for checks by social welfare inspectors at airports
The approach taken by inspectors has prompted concern and criticism in recent days.
# Data Collection
Data watchdog has 'serious doubts' over whether social welfare inspectors acted lawfully at airports
The Data Protection Commission is seeking further clarity from the department over the actions of social welfare inspectors at airports.
Data Protection Commission completes probe into Twitter's handling of data breach
Fines for breaches of GDPR can reach €20 million or up to 4% of a company’s turnover for the previous year.
# Privacy
HSE suspends practice of notifying some employers of Covid test results before informing employees
HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was aware of one case where test results were shared with an employer.
# Data privacy
Covid-19: Spread of coronavirus raises difficult questions over data privacy
Civil liberties experts have warned people to be vigilant about privacy rights during the coronavirus outbreak.
Opinion: 'We have to act now before our genetic code falls into private hands to be used for profit'
Solicitor Simon McGarr also explains how Genomics Medicine Ireland did not meet the informed consent requirements for a Galway study.
# Data Breaches
Tusla 'accidentally disclosed' contact and location information of mother and child victim to alleged abuser
This and other data breaches are outlined in the Data Protection Commission’s annual report.
# Data Protection Commission
Facebook postpones Valentine's Day launch for dating app due to data regulator's concerns
The app was due to launch tomorrow, the day before Valentine’s Day.