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Strange bedfellows

We are living in strange times. And I’m not just talking about Covid, forest fires, or the potential discovtaery of signs of alien life on Venus. No, I’m talking about the bizarro-world scenario of Max “Europe vs Facebook” Schrems joining common cause with (checks notes) Facebook against the Irish Data Protection Commission over (checks notes …

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Mea Minima Culpa – Politicians, Rubber Chicken, and Pandemics

So, 81 people attended a Golf Society event in a hotel in Clifden during a time when the country was losing control again on a pandemic, largely through community transmission. At the time, the public health REGULATIONS (not guidance) were that events like this could permit a maximum of 50 people. Weddings had been cancelled. …

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Awakening from Slumber

It’s been just over a year since I wrote anything on this blog. That’s too long. So I’ll be writing some stuff today and tomorrow about my experiences using FOI to identify where mandatory procedural aspects of Data Protection law are not being followed by public bodies and the response of the Data Protection Commission …

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A Letter to the Editor

Over the past few days, the Irish Times has carried a larger volume than usual of the “Data Protection Commissioner is evil” letters, giving out about her “nonsensical powers” because the bad lady won’t let them do things they want to do with data about people who are/might be alive. I don’t always agree with …

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The General Data Protection Regulation and “Mental Discounting”

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in the home straight, with publication of final, final text expected in Q1 of 2016 (expect something to happen towards the end of January). One of the small and subtle changes that is buried in the 209 pages of text in the most copy I have come …

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Irish Water, Data Protection, and the Cut and Paste Fairy

A few weeks ago I wrote a post here about Irish Water’s Data Protection Policy, which was very poorly written and had all the hallmarks of having been cut and paste from another document (for example references to numbered clauses that were not in the Data Protection Notice). Today they have advertised on RecruitIreland.com for …

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Irish Water Boarding

A few weeks ago I did a lot of research to find the specific section of legislation that authorised Irish Water to request PPSN details from people. It is Section 20 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2014. So, a bit of a law was done to do a thing. But could that thing …

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Guest Post: An Overview of the International Data Quality Summit

When I was Director of Publicity for IAIDQ I introduced a policy of writing up the events of conferences the Association ran or was taking part in. This write up was usually published in the IAIDQ journal/Newsletter. Joy Medved has asked if I could let her do the same here so she can thank the …

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An Open Letter to my Information Quality Peers

The International Association for Information and Data Quality is dead. I just don’t think they have noticed. Perhaps they have been distracted by the critical success of their IDQS14 conference, an event that I was privileged to have been a sounding board about during planning and which my company provided “hands to the pump” for …

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