Category Archives: Digital Rights Ireland

Matters pertaining to Digital Rights, hopefully focussing on Irish and Eruopean matters.

Digital Rights Ireland: ECJ Judgement on Data Retention

ECJ judgement on Digital Rights Ireland’s challenge to the EU’s data retention regime.

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CCTV, Dermot Ahern and evidence-based policy making

Dermot Ahern recently opened an extension of the Ballymun CCTV system. The report on it from the Irish Times says MINISTER FOR Justice Dermot Ahern has said a Garda CCTV system in Ballymun, north Dublin, will help reduce and solve … Continue reading

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Comments on Copyright

Judge Charlton’s judgement in the EMI and Ors -v- UPC case has provoked a number of comments. For the moment, I’d recommend Rossa McMahon’s post Strike One? as the quickest and most painless path in to the issues at the … Continue reading

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They Drove all Night… To Get To EU

Danny O’Brien had an article in the newly opened up Irish Times where he dreamed of an EU decentralised by technology so that power was scattered on the four winds to the edges of the Union. Failing that, he admitted, … Continue reading

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Details on the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Data Loss

¬†As some of you will have seen in today’s Irish Times a laptop containing 171,324 blood donor records was stolen in New York. ” donor records would include details such as name, address, date of birth, gender, blood group and … Continue reading

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Google Speaks Out Against Irish Data Retention Plans

Digital Rights Ireland are represented by McGarr Solicitors (where I hang my scarf of a workday). They’re currently in litigation with the Government about the introduction of Data Retention across Europe. Recently, the Irish Times reported that a government order … Continue reading

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Data Protection in the New EU Treaty

As insomniacs will know, a deal has been done amongst member states on the wording on the reheated EU Constitution, now branded more modestly as a Reform Treaty. We don’t have the details of exactly what is agreed to hand … Continue reading

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Registering an Interest

The question of a compulsory register of everyone buying (and possibly holding) a mobile phone has been raised again during these quiet summer days by Pat Carey TD, Junior Minister in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs. I’ll … Continue reading

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Scoop!

It was brought to my attention yesterday that the Sunday Times front page (reproduced as pdf here with permission) ran last week with the story that Gardai have been accessing the information held under Data Retention, without oversight, at a … Continue reading

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Factbobs

Like Fingerbobs, but made with facts, instead of digits. Factbob1: Speaking in UCC at the student Law Society Law Conference, Seamus Dooley of the NUJ conceeded that standards in newspapers have fallen in recent years. Factbob 2: At the same … Continue reading

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