Digital Rights Ireland
Telecommunications data retention
The Irish Recorded Music Association has sent letters to people it accuses of file sharing their music, demanding damages for financial losses. One issue is how the files belonging to the alleged file-sharers were searched. MediaSentry software was used to search their machines, but as it doesn't limit itself to searching only folders used for file sharing, this led to questions of violation of privacy. MediaSentry itself is based in the United States, which has less legislation about data protection than the European Union. This has been an issue in cases in the Netherlands and France.
Current action still causes concern to DRI.
Former TD Dr. Jerry Cowley has requested that the complaints referee investigate whether his telephone is being tapped. DRI expressed concern, noting that there is no Irish equivalent of the Wilson Doctrine in Irish law. Fine Gael has also shown concern at the number of telephone taps authorised by former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell. DRI said that the reasons for withholding the information was unacceptable.
Other areas of work
Other issues addressed by the group include:
- ID cards
- Electronic passports
- Online defamation
- Leaking of confidential information by civil servants
- Digital rights group sues Irish government — ElectricNews.net report, 14 September 2006, accessed 20 December 2006.
- State may face legal challenge over its access to phone data — The Irish Times newspaper article, 29 July 2006.
- Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act, 2005
- DRI comments on Data Protection Commissioners' comments
- DRI comments on the Irish Recorded Music Associations' legal actions
- Translation of court ruling in 'FOR THE PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IN THE NETHERLANDS (BREIN) et al. v UPC NEDERLAND B.V., and ors'
- Commission Nationale de I’Informatique et Libertes (CNIL) announcement that it would not permit automated monitoring of P2P file sharers. (In French)
- DRI comments on an ISP being ordered to hand over details of users
- DRI comments on a Mayo TD who requested information on his phone apparently being tapped
- DRIs concerns about phone tapping are apparently shared by Fine Gael
- DRI link to talk on ID cards and PPS numbers
- DRI comments on vulnerabilities of electronic passports
- Digital Rights Ireland » Defamation
- Welfare Records Leaked to Insurers
- Yet more social welfare leaks
- Even more social welfare leaks