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From TheJournal.ie 'No risk of identity theft' after GAA data breach GAA

'No risk of identity theft' after GAA data breach

The Data Protection Commissioner says people need not worry after the details of over 501,000 GAA members were leaked.

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From The42 Man arrested as GAA admit members' data compromised Breach

Man arrested as GAA admit members' data compromised

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From TheJournal.ie Data Protection chief to raise Phonebook issue with Facebook Facebook

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The Data Protection Commissioner will raise concerns over Facebook’s storing of its users’ phone book contacts.

From TheJournal.ie UAE and BlackBerry resolve security dispute Data Protection

UAE and BlackBerry resolve security dispute

Research In Motion reaches an agreement with the Emirates to avoid having the handsets banned from the country.

From TheJournal.ie Irish concerns block Israel data sharing deal Data Protection

Irish concerns block Israel data sharing deal

EU stops proposed agreement which would grant Israel access to data on EU citizens.

INDIAN AUTHORITIES may have reached a deal with Research in Motion (RIM) over the encryption of BlackBerry messages.

Concerns that the device could be used by terrorists to plan attacks led to India marking a 31 August deadline for the means to read instant messages and emails sent via BlackBerry. Without an agreement in place by then, the government will ban the smartphone.

RIM, which manufactures the device, has indicated that it will provide a technical solution to the government next week, but the government will need time for its analysts to test if the solution works.

A similar deal was reached between RIM and Saudi Arabia recently, with the company agreeing to provide the codes necessary for accessing BlackBerry users’ messages stored in domestic servers in Saudi Arabia.

The main concern in this situation was communication between unrelated men and women in Saudi Arabia, which is legally restricted.

The UAE is planning to impose a ban on the handsets from October over fears they may be used by terrorists or assassins.

The agreements see a marked change in RIM’s attitude to privacy; the company had built BlackBerry’s reputation on the strength of its data protection.

Indian authorities will also approach Google and Skype with concerns over cyber-spying and planned attacks.

SAUDI ARABIA has scrappedits decision to ban the BlackBerry smartphone, after the smartphone’s manufacturer struck a deal to use domestic servers to store users’ chat messages – and give the government access to it.

Saudi Arabia joined the United Arab Emirates in declaring last month that the methods used by the popular smartphones in storing data offshore – outside of the jurisdiction of local laws – presented a threat to national security.

Now, however, the phone’s manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) has handed over certain codes to the Saudi authorities that would allow the government to access messages sent using its popular BlackBerry Messenger tool.

The arrangement gives the government access to secure domestic servers on which the messaging data is stored, but only allows the government to view messages sent to and from Saudi BlackBerry owners.

The country’s three mobile networks tested their own inland servers – previously RIM had routed all chat data to its own encrypted servers housed in its native Canada – and found that they abided by local data protection laws.

The threat from the Saudi government, according to opponents of the move, is intended to limit communication between unrelated men and women, which is currently heavily restricted by law.

The United Arab Emirates, however, is more concerns with security protection since the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, in which fake Irish passports were used. It says it will not implemented its ban on the handsets until October.

RIM’s woes are not over, however, with the news that the Indian government has raised similar data concerns and is keen to implement its own Saudi-style solution, which would be accessed during ‘times of emergency’.

THREE VOCATIONAL Education Committees have been contacted by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner because of concerns raised by parents about information being sought by some schools.

Five schools were targeted by the Data Commissioner, each of which requested information related to religious affiliation.

The form given to parents to fill out says that the information provided may be shared with other local primary schools.

Of the five schools concerns two are already operating and three are due to open in September.

In a letter to the VECs, the Commissioner outlined that religious affiliation is a sensitive area that has special protections under legislation.

It informs the VECs that if it requests such information it is necessary to explicitly outline who will have access to the information and for what purposes.

Speaking to RTÉ, Co Meath’s VEC said that wording was a mistake and they never meant to share information with other schools.

The Department of Education may be in breach of Data Protection legislation because of the way it gathering and processing students’ personal information.

Over the past number of years the Department of Education has been requesting – and sometimes obliging – both primary and second-level schools to gather and share students’ private information like PPS numbers, medical card status, or membership of the Travelling Community.

The Department of Education has said it takes any issue brought to its attention by the Data Protection Commissioner seriously. It said that arranging to gain explicit consent from parents in relation to the gathering sensitive pupil data.

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