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Last month
May 2023
# big tech
Enforcement against Big Tech 'failing' in Ireland as EU demands 'tougher sanctions'
The ICCL has said that a lack of funding is not the issue causing Ireland’s “failure” to enforce data protection laws.
This year
# Data privacy
Germany launches data protection inquiry over ChatGPT
The chatbot can only function if it is trained on vast datasets, raising concerns about where OpenAI gets its data and how that information is handled.
# Tender
Government seeks experts to ensure Mother and Baby Home redress scheme doesn't break GDPR rules
The successful applicant will have to ensure the operation of the scheme is fully compliant with all national and EU data protection laws.
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
# Facebook
Data watchdog fines Meta €265 million over GDPR breaches
An inquiry by the DPC that was ongoing since April 2021 found infringements of two GDPR articles.
RSA says GDPR limited the level of road crash data it could publish, as questions raised in Dáil
The RSA says this is due to the fact that ‘the data must be treated as personal data in order to comply with GDPR demands’.
Tusla cannot confirm how many records it has about St Gerard's mother and baby home
A report by
Órla Ryan
The Child and Family Agency refused an FOI request from Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan, saying it could not locate records about his sister.
Tusla confirms it has records about St Gerard's but can't say how many, Órla Ryan reports
The agency said it cannot read the documents unless a person requests them via FOI or under GDPR
Tusla refused an FOI request from Peter Mulryan, saying it cannot locate records about his sister
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
# new regulations
Mother & Baby Homes: GPs no longer have to sign off on requests by survivors to get health records
New regulations have come into force after months of uncertainty and threats of legal action.
Mother & Baby Homes: Just 40 survivors get health files amid row over GPs signing off on requests
The majority of survivors, 31, received the records via Freedom of Information requests, not GDPR.
Only 40 survivors have received their medical files to date from the Department of Children, Órla Ryan reports
The majority of survivors received the records via Freedom of Information requests, rather than through GDPR
Just 10 people got their records after a GP signed off on the process, The Journal can reveal
Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
All time
# Court
WhatsApp Ireland allowed to challenge €225m GDPR fine in High Court
WhatsApp claims the fine constitutes the imposition of a criminal sanction
# Max Schrems
Facebook should be fined up to €36 million over 'serious' GDPR breaches, says Data Commissioner
The decision comes on foot of a complaint made by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems.
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.
# mother and baby homes
Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests to get access to their records, despite already applying under GDPR.
Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests, despite already applying under GDPR
A number of women are considering legal action, Órla Ryan reports
Noelle Brown says the latest development is "despicable" and "ridiculous"
Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues
A report by
Ian Curran
The Data Protection Commission’s final 250-plus page decision could be significant for the application of GDPR.
Some of the information provided by WhatsApp to users was described as "unnecessarily ambiguous" and "ill-defined".
Non-users of WhatsApp were given no information about why the company was processing their mobile phone numbers.
Engaging with WhatsApp's Privacy Policy during the inquiry was described as a "needlessly frustrating exercise".
WhatsApp Ireland hit with record €225 million fine by Data Protection Commissioner
The Irish privacy watchdog has also reprimanded the company over its failure to comply with GDPR transparency rules.
# information and tracing
Denying adopted people access to their birth certs 'could re-traumatise them'
Survivors of Mother and Baby Homes have said “the right to truth is key”, an Oireachtas Committee heard today.
Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
Survivors and experts have said a GP should not be involved in the process.
A data expert says the Minister for Children's approach breaches GDPR, Órla Ryan writes
Survivors have said a GP should not be involved in the process - at odds with the Department
Minister Roderic O'Gorman is in discussions with Cabinet colleagues about new regulations
'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request
# Personal Data
'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request
Solicitor Simon McGarr said his client, a Mother and Baby Home survivor, “remains amongst the living”.
'Rape' and 'incest' listed as 'current relationship status' options on Commission form
A survivor’s daughter says the approach is “incomprehensible” and raises “serious questions”.
A survivor's daughter says the approach is "incomprehensible" and raises "serious questions"
The woman's form is "littered with inaccuracies" and "in no way" captures her suffering
"In what world is rape or incest a relationship status?"
'I am fuming, it's so disrespectful': Survivors react to commissioners' refusal to appear before Oireachtas
Minister tells survivors he believes them as opposition call report 'whitewashed fiction'
# the good information project
China is setting up its own version of GDPR - but how will it work in one of the most secretive countries in the world?
Observers say the new rules could give China stronger privacy protections than the US.
# 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.
# Facebook
Data watchdog awaiting 'firm answers' from Facebook over information leak
The dataset leaked online included phone numbers and email addresses from Facebook users.
# Commission
'I spent 28 years wondering where my child was, they were 45 minutes down the road'
A number of survivors of mother and baby homes have raised concerns about how their requests for personal files are being dealt with by the Department of Children.
# 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.
# deleted audio
TDs still pushing for extension of Mother and Baby Homes Commission despite 'miraculous' recovery of testimony
The commission is due to dissolve on 28 February but a number of TDs want its term extended amid concerns over deleted audio recordings.
# mother-and-baby homes
Varadkar says he was 'quite surprised' that mother and baby home testimony was destroyed
There have been calls for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes to not be dissolved at the end of the month.
# 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”.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to discovering who holds your info - and what's in there
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how access your personal information from both public bodies and private companies.
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.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January
The report will be published on the week of 11 January, Minister Roderic O’Gorman has confirmed.
# 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.
# Legal questions
'Two tests' to be applied for Mother and Baby Home survivors to seek access to records
A legal expert has questioned whether the second of the tests is a ‘legal error’.
# Data privacy
Explainer: Irish websites had six months to fully comply with cookie regulations. What happens now?
Sites were given until 5 October to get their cookie policies in line.
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.
# 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 processing
Data protection inquiries launched into Google and Tinder over GDPR concerns
The two inquiries were announced by the Data Protection Commission today.
# Data Breach
Home addresses of UK Honours recipients accidentally published online
It has been described as a “farcical and inexcusable mistake”.
# Data Protection
'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites
The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.
# direct provision
'A gross violation': Asylum seekers say post is being opened without consent
Residents in Direct Provision centres have claimed the practice is commonplace.