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# Privacy

All time
# concerns
Privacy shouldn't be sacrificed for safety from crime, survey finds
The findings come from Microsoft which is currently involved in a legal battle concerning a US warrant for emails stored on Irish servers.
# Crossing the line
'Ghoulish and distasteful': Emergency services ask public to stop taking photos at crash scenes
An “astounding” number of people tried to photograph an incident yesterday in which a two-year-old girl was killed.
# drip drip drip
Again? Irish Water sends customer's private details to the wrong person
“If I’d made half the mistakes they made today, I’d lose my business…”
# Data Protection
Samaritans seeks legal advice over controversial new 'suicide prevention app'
The ‘Radar’ app allows users to monitor people they follow on Twitter.
# profile picture
The Irish government is asking for more and more user data from Facebook
The growth in requests is more than double the global average.
# Breach of Trust
'Revenge porn' soon to be illegal under new UK law, so should Ireland follow suit?
The punishment for sharing explicit images or videos on the internet in the UK will be a two year jail sentence.
# Best in class
This is how the Government plans to tackle data protection issues
Junior Minister Dara Murphy announced details of a data protection ‘roadmap ‘ today.
Opinion: We need a modern framework for data protection – and we need it now
Data protection reform will need to rebuild the trust that has been shattered by numerous spying scandals and data breaches.
# MCK Rentals
Private investigators fined for unlawfully obtaining addresses of Credit Union members
MCK Rentals unlawfully gathered people’s addresses from the Department of Social Protection and the HSE.
# Dislike
Facebook to drag queens: 'Sorry for forcing you to use your real names'
“By forcing us to use our ‘real’ names, it opens the door to abuse and violence.”
# Privacy
Celebrities who took nude photos are "dumb" - EU Commissioner
Günther Oettinger, the EU’s next head of digital economy, has blamed celebrities for the recent nude photo leak.
# Privacy
'Rihanna and Kim Kardashian' among victims of second massive nude photo hack
A second wave of nude photos, apparently of female celebrities, have been posted online.
# Data
'We're not like them': Apple boss takes jab at companies that monetise personal data
Tim Cook said in a letter on privacy that Apple doesn’t let government services access the company’s information.
# Privacy
Here's why people are worried about a US warrant for emails on Irish servers
A US court has said Microsoft has to hand over the data but European governments (ours included, of course) and other US companies think this would be a disaster.
# Class Action
Facebook Ireland ordered to respond to privacy lawsuit within four weeks
The company’s international office has to submit a counter-statement to Vienna Regional Court otherwise it will make a judgement in its absense
# checkup
How to make sure your Facebook security settings are in top shape
Most of your information could be publicly available and you might not even realise it.
# Limited Access
These Windows Phone features will prevent anyone from looking through your phone
Anyone who find themselves lending their phone to their kids or friends regularly will need these
Opinion: Planning for loss of mental capacity should be as automatic as making a will
Making an advanced healthcare directive is good sense – serious illness, brain injury, accident or stroke could render any one of us incapacitated.
# Tweet Tweet
The state has asked Twitter to block 13 accounts in Ireland this year...
…and Twitter has refused.
# Privacy
Man arrested after Microsoft scanned his emails for child pornography
Companies such as Google and Microsoft have been performing scans to identify illegal images being sent online.
# group effort
25,000 people join privacy lawsuit against Facebook
The class action suit, filed by lawyer Max Schrems, is limiting the number of participants to 25,000 until all requests are verified.
# Vow of privacy
Google has removed links to this criminal's Wikipedia page
Google removed links to the page of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.
# ok glass
Everything you ever wanted to know about Google Glass (but were afraid to ask)
The device has attracted much attention and criticism since it was first revealed, but what is it really like to use?
# Privacy
Microsoft loses appeal over email data stored in Ireland
Judge rejected Microsoft bid concerning the provision of email information on servers in Ireland to US authorities.
# tagged
The EU has unveiled a new logo that shows which devices follow its privacy laws
The growing use of RFID chips in devices has caused the European Commission to put together regulations for them, ensuring no legal ‘grey zone’ emerges from their use.
# Europe vs Facebook
High Court asks Europe whether Facebook should be investigated over NSA
A number of questions relating to a case involving the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s decision to not investigate Facebook, will now be dealt with by the European Court of Justice.
# Data Sharing
Facebook plans to share your web browsing activity with advertisers
Facebook will now take data from users’ smartphone and other websites to help improve its ad targeting services, but it also includes opt-out and privacy controls.
Column: People who use social media need to think long and hard about their privacy
Users are responsible for their own privacy on social media but too often they’re focusing on convenience instead.
# Extradition
Iranian judge summons Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over privacy complaints
However, no extradition treaty exists between Iran and the United States, so Zuckerburg is unlikely to appear.
# don't ask
New feature lets you 'ask' your Facebook friends about their relationship status
A new ‘ask’ button has popped up on Facebook pages – here’s what it’s all about.
# Collision
Europe struck wrong balance on 'right to be forgotten' ruling, says Google boss
The company’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said the ECJ had struck the wrong balance, causing what he describes as a “collision between a right to be forgotten and a right to know.”
# Troubles
Boston College says it will hand back Troubles tapes... to interviewees
After the PSNI gained access to the tapes, leading to arrests, the college says it will return the material to former paramilitaries if they want.
# bite me
Women Who Eat On Tubes founder says Facebook page is 'an art project'
Tony Burke says it’s part of an observational study.
# Privacy
Major victory for Irish online rights group as ECJ strikes down EU mobile surveillance rules
Digital Rights Ireland hard argued that the rules requiring operators to keep call details were against fundamental rights.
Column: If you take photos of people without their knowledge, you're being a creep
We need to start taking privacy in public places seriously, starting by not sharing images made without the subject’s consent – after all, next time, it could be you, writes Fergal Crehan.
# Sneak Peak
LinkedIn clamps down on browser plug-in which reveals users' email
The site is issuing a cease and desist letter to Sell Hack, a browser plug-in which allows you to view an account’s email address, even if you’re not connected.
# set the record straight
WhatsApp co-founder assures users their privacy won't be affected by Facebook deal
The company’s co-founder Jan Koum said its goal is “knowing as little about you as possible” and it wouldn’t have accepted Facebook’s offer if they had to compromise its principles.
# Privacy
McDonald's hidden bathroom camera isn't spying on cubicles or urinals
The device is pointed away from these areas and only has view of the bathroom’s sinks.
# oh dear God
Your Facebook search history is a thing of nightmares
Here’s how to get rid of it.
# Spying
Spy agency captures millions of Yahoo users' webcam images
In one six-month period in 2008, the British spy agency collected webcam imagery from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts around the world.