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Data Protection Commission

Dublin, Monday June 8, 2009; PRESS RELEASE

Winner of Online Privacy Video Competition Announced

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, in conjunction with Google has announced the winning entries of its online video clip competition which was hosted on YouTube www.youtube.com/dataprotection.

The total prize fund of €10,000 for the competition will be split among the winning entries with Traolach O Murchú from Waterfall, Cork and his team picking up the top prize of €5,000 for his winning entry entitled 'Protect your Privacy'.  Traolach's entry Protect your privacy shows viewers some of the dramatic 'steps' that an individual took to protect his private information and concludes with the overall message "that personal privacy is a right, take steps to protect it". 

"We sought video entries that best illustrated how people can take more control over their privacy and the consequences of not taking steps to protect their personal information," said Billy Hawkes, Data Protection Commissioner.  "Entrants were asked to consider what privacy means to them in an online or offline context.  This is the second year of the competition and we were once again impressed by the high standard of entries submitted and I wish to congratulate Traolach and his team on his creative and educational video.  I also want to thank Google for generously providing the prize fund for the competition."

Independent judge Sarah Glennie Director of the Irish Film Institute was particularly impressed with Traolach's entry, "The winning entry stood out among the many other entries we viewed because of its use of strong imagery, a quirky approach to the concept of protecting your privacy and a well thought out visual story," she explained.

"We were happy to host the competition on YouTube and to give amateur film makers the chance to profile their work to a global audience," said John Herlihy, VP Online Sales & Operations, Google EMEA.  "Privacy is an important issue and by presenting this message visually hopefully more people will realise how it can be protected."

Second prize was awarded to joint team Richard Cosgrove and David Doherty and third prize went to Annville films, they will receive €3,000 and €2,000 euro respectively.  All entries can be viewed at www.youtube.com/dataprotection


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