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Press Releases


19/12/13 - Updated Guidance on the use of "cookies".

Guidance - cookies
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13/12/13 - Office for Internet Safety - Updated Parental guides for Internet Safety

Updated Parental guides for Internet Safety
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2/12/13 - Guidance for charities and members of the public on charitable donations by TEXT (SMS).

charities and members of the public who wish to make a charitable donation by “TEXT” (SMS)
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22/11/13 - Data Breach at Loyaltybuild: Update

Data Breach at Loyaltybuild:
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13/11/13 - Press Release - Data Breach at Loyaltybuild: Update

 Data Breach at Loyaltybuild: Update The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has received notification from Electric Ireland that they have been informed by Loyaltybuild that the data breach has affected ESB customers who participated in a loyalty scheme run by the ESB in 2007 and 2008.
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13/11/13 Press Release - Data Breach at Loyaltybuild: Update

Data Breach at Loyaltybuild: Update The data breach that affected  some 80,000 customers of Supervalu's Getaway and Axa's Leisure Break loyalty break schemes appears to have taken place in mid-October. 
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12/11/13 Press Release Data Breach at Loyaltybuild

Data Breach at Loyaltybuild  The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has received a preliminary report on the findings of its inspection team following an inspection today at Loyaltybuild, the company at the centre of the recent data breach.
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27/6/13 - Press Release - Data Protection Commissioner signs Memorandum of Understanding wih FTC

The aim of the MOU is to support increased cooperation and communication between the two agencies in their efforts to ensure protection of consumer privacy and data protection rights
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20/05/13 - Press Release - Launch of Annual Report 2012

The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, today launched his report for 2012.  As in previous years the report summarises activities of the Office during 2012 by reference to specific investigations and audits undertaken as well a summary of policy matters and EU/international activities.   
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28/3/13 Press Release by Minister Shatter on Additional Resources for ODPC

Minister Shatter stresses Government Support for the Office of the Data Protection CommissionerIn a press release issued on the 27th March, Minister Shatter underlined the Governments support to this Office by allocating additional resources.  
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14/3/13 Press Release - Article 29 Working Party Joint Opinion on Mobile Apps

The European data protection authorities of the Article 29 Working Party, have adopted an opinion addressing the key data protection risks of mobile apps. The opinion details the specific obligations of app developers and all other parties involved in the development and distribution of apps under European data protection law.
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