Jeanne Kelly: Stiffer penalties for data malpractice would have prevented airport fiasco

Private sector firms would never get away with the DEASP’s indefensible data collection practices revealed by law student Roman Shortall on RTE’s Liveline last week

2nd August, 2020
Jeanne Kelly: Stiffer penalties for data malpractice would have prevented airport fiasco
DEASP’s data collection practices at the airport require a legal basis, and that legal basis must be communicated at the time of the data collection. Picture: PA

Last Tuesday afternoon, while I was working from home, my phone suddenly lit up with messages. Like many people, my message groups are made up of family, friends from all stages of life, book club members, professional colleagues and fellow parents.

The messages from all of them were variations on one suggestion: “Turn on Liveline, now!” I tuned in immediately, and as a data privacy lawyer, a news addict and a citizen, I was transfixed....

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