Data Protection Commissioner
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22/12/08 - Press Release - Unsolicited Communications
PRESS RELEASE22 December, 2008Data Protection Commissioner welcomes new Regulations on unsolicited communicationsThe Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, today welcomed the introduction of new Regulations by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Eamon Ryan T.D., to deal with unsolicited communications in the area of electronic communications networks and services. Statutory Instrument No. 526 of 2008 which has now come into effect amends Statutory Instrument
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18/12/08 - Latest press release from Article 29 Working Party
The Article 29 Working Party is made up of all the EU Data Protection Commissioners and a representative of the EU Commission. The Working Party is independent and acts in an advisory capacity. It seeks to harmonise the application of data protection rules throughout the EU, and publishes opinions and recommendations on various data protection topics. Select this link below to see a press release following the most recent meeting of the Working Party.
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23/10/08 - Protection privacy in a borderless world - press release of the 30th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

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09/09/08 - Commissioner welcomes positive privacy announcement by Google
The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes today  welcomed the announcement made by Google responding to concerns raised about the privacy rights of its users.  He indicated, "Google has very extensive information in relation to the use made of its services and this announcement demonstrates its commitment to ensuring that privacy issues are a key focus.  Reducing further (to 9 months) the retention period for the
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20/08/08 - Data Protection Commissioner publishes new Data Protection Code of Practice for the Insurance Sector
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, today 20 August, published a data protection Code of Practice for the insurance sector in Ireland.  The Data Protection Commissioner has approved the Code under Section 13 of the Data Protection Acts.  The Code was prepared against a backdrop of significant public concern arising from media reports last year that personal information held
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Report of Data Protection Commissioner regarding his audit of data protection practices in the Department of Social and Family Affairs

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12/08/08 - Press Release - Results of Data Protection Public Awareness Survey published
The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes today published the results of a data protection public awareness survey carried out during April 2008 by Lansdowne Market research on behalf of his Office.  Similar research was conducted in 2005, 2002 and 1997.A key finding from the survey of 1,000 respondents aged 15+ was that nearly two thirds believed they have personally experienced an invasion of their privacy of
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16/06/08 Privacy In The 21st Century Competition-Data Protection Commissioner announces winners
Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes today announced the winners of his Office's innovative 'Privacy In The 21st Century' competition at an event hosted by Google Ireland Ltd.  The competition sought short video clips on the theme of 'Privacy In The 21st Century'.The competition attracted a particularly high standard of entries that provided a creative and entertaining look
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10/06/08 - Statement from Data Protection Commissioner on Court Conviction
The Dublin Metropolitan District Court today fined Iarnród Éireann for its failure to co-operate with an investigation the Data Protection Commissioner was conducting on foot of a complaint received by him in August 2007.
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08/05/08 -Data Protection Commissioner launches his Annual Report for 2007
The Data Protection Commissioner launched his report for 2007 today.  He has emphasised the responsibility of public and private sector organisations to respect the privacy of those who entrust them with their personal information.  Equally the Commissioner has also drawn attention to the need for an appropriate balance to be struck between the ever increasing desire to
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06/05/08 - Data Protection Commissioner to Publish Annual Report for 2007
The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, will launch his Annual Report for 2007 on Thursday 8th May 2008, at 12:00 a.m. in the Dun Library, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.  Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the launch.  The Data Protection Commissioner will be available to address any queries including in relation to
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