Blogs

Options for app security

15th August 2019

Most of us use mobile devices in our day-to-day activities. Apps used on these devices often hold personal data for user convenience, functional operations, or even marketing purposes.  It is essential for organisations to ensure that any personal data they store is safe and secure. ...

Checking app permissions

31st July 2019

Apps on mobile devices are used by most people on a daily basis for many reasons. Like many other services, apps often require personal data in order to provide the service customers want and expect. Recent media reports have drawn attention to what personal data apps collect and store when you use them. While apps are sometimes useful and fun tools, it is advisable to check what access you are giving an app when it requests certain permissions. Sometimes you can also review this after you install the app. ...

CCTV in the home

18th July 2019

More and more of us are installing cameras in our homes – whether it’s a camera to keep an eye on your pet when you’re not there, or a camera on your doorbell so you can use your phone to check who is at the door. A large volume of the queries we get in to the Data Protection Commission relate to CCTV and data protection, so here we answer some of the most common questions we get about CCTV in the home. ...

Data protection and canvassing

10th May 2019

Ireland is a democracy and it is very important that politicians are able to communicate with voters ahead of the upcoming local and European elections. However, where personal data are being used for electoral purposes, those doing so must respect the individual’s right to data protection and must abide by their responsibilities as data controllers under data protection law. ...

Taking photos at school events – Where common sense comes into play

12th April 2019

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has triggered a significant shift in people’s perception of data protection, and organisations across all types of sectors are contending with different challenges in terms of ensuring they are balancing their interests with the rights of individuals around their personal data. This blog post looks at one of the challenges experienced in the education sector, namely the taking of photographs at school events. ...

Does the GDPR really say that?

11th March 2019

It’s rare that a new law provokes so much interest and debate, right across the general public; but, as it turns out, in both the run up to 25th May 2018 as well as in the months since then, the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) has been the talk of the proverbial town, and everyone seems to have a great story about what activity they’ve heard that the GDPR now bans. ...

Have your say on children's data protection rights!

05th February 2019

The internet is an intrinsic part of everyday life for each and every one of us – we use it for work, to read the latest news, to plan our commutes home, to keep in touch with friends, to book holidays, to do our banking, to buy clothes, the list goes on! And it’s not just adults inhabiting the online world – recent academic research highlights that under-18s make up an enormous one third of the world’s internet users, and the age at which children start accessing the web is becoming lower and lower. ...