"While the privacy rights of citizens and consumers are very important to them, alas they are not fully aware of them", said Data Protection Commissioner, Mr Joe Meade, today at the launch of his 2002 Annual Report.
I very much welcome this forum and I compliment Minister McDowell for hosting it as it is necessary that an informed debate takes place on this important matter. Let me say at the outset that as Data Protection Commissioner I will be supportive of measures that are demonstrably necessary to protect against crime or terrorism but such measures must be proportionate and have regard to the human right to privacy.
Irish people are growing increasingly concerned about the erosion of their personal privacy, according to a survey published today by the Data Protection Commissioner, Mr Joe Meade. Intrusive business practices, fears about internet privacy, and a lack of information about Government initiatives have contributed to what Mr Meade termed a “trust deficit” that could undermine Ireland's progress towards e-commerce