Moves on Data Privacy

The Irish Times front page today carries a story on moves for Garda access to data: “Garda powers of request for internet data to be widened“, by Karlin Lillington.

This is despite reports from an EU Barometer Survey that the majority of Irish people are concerned about the privacy of their personal data:

Over two thirds (67pc) of Irish people are concerned that their personal data is not being handled appropriately by organisations

As it turns out, they seem to have been right to be concerned. Reports on RTE (and here) have disclosed that the Bank of Ireland has lost 4 laptops containing sensitive information on 10,000 customers. None of the information was encrypted. The issue is now being investigated by the Data Protection Commissioner.

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