For those who might be interested, there is a talk on "Government and Privacy in the Digital Age" in Trinity College tonight. Suw Charman, Executive Director of the UK's Open Rights Group will be giving the keynote and TJ McIntyre of Digital Rights Ireland will be responding. It's chaired by Dr Eoin O'Dell of Trinity's Law Faculty as part of the Dublin Legal Workshop series of talks.
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It was always a sure thing, but the Data Retention Directive finished its passage into law by being given the nod yesterday by the Council of Ministers. Here's an extract from the EU Observer, slating your thirst for EU infobumfIreland and Slovakia voted against the law, saying they regard national security as a matter for member states not the EU.
A little while ago, I said that if the Irish Times wasn't going to ask follow up questions on the announced-over-Christmas plan to bring in an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system for use by the Gardai, then tiresome obsessives would have to do it for them. Sure enough, here are the questions put down by the Labour Party on the topic, along with the Minister's answer. 20.
Irish Seal It isn't often you're thinking about podcasting and stumble on a reference to your own grandfather. But that's what happened today when I was bumped towards Richard Develan's site to listen to his trial "Saturday View"-style podcast, Sunday Brunch. I'd listened to it, and thought it a little too slow, a little too safe and not focused enough on Ireland, but not a bad start.
I've written before on the topic of online libel, so my interest was piqued by word of mass suspensions from private girls' school Alexandra College for online bullying. There are two stories on the topic in today's Independent (registration required, but bugmenot may be able to help you out in that regard).
From the Comments to Liz McManus Blog[To preface my comments, I’m the Mayor of Letterkenny and have been blogging actively since June ‘05]On my website, I try to include everything I can that is of relevance in the post. It’s vital; people don’t like following links. I’d also consider it important to try to keep the information together.
There was some discussion of my previous post on Proinsias De Rossa's vote, making him the only Irish MEP to vote in favour of the Data Retention Directive passed in December of last year. (More comments here and here)I posted his statement following the vote. Now I thought I'd post his response to my email, which landed with me today.