07 Sep 2022

Meta Fined $400m in Ireland For Children’s Privacy Breach

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced that it plans to fine social media platform Instagram $402 million due to mistreatment and mishandling of children’s data. The DPC found that Instagram allowed children to run business accounts that displayed the account holder’s phone number and email address. Therefore, Instagram was

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21 Apr 2022

Ireland Preparing to Ban Bitcoin Donations Over Russia Election Interference Fears

Ireland’s Ministry for Housing, Local Government and Heritage is drafting rules that would ban political parties from accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as donations. Local Government Minister Darragh O’Brien, who oversees elections and voting reform, put together a task force in January to recommend laws to maintain electoral integrity. Of specific

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13 Apr 2022

US sanctions cartel leader with links to Tyson Fury

US officials have announced sanctions against seven individuals known to be members of the Irish Kinahan organized crime group. One of the individuals sanctioned by the US Treasury is the former advisor of boxer Tyson Fury, Danial Kinahan. US officials believe that Mr. Kinahan is responsible for the day-to-day operations

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08 Apr 2022

Bank of Ireland Fined €463,000 Over Data Breaches

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has investigated a series of data breaches on behalf of the Bank of Ireland and subsequently issued a fine of over $500,000. The data breaches allegedly occurred between November 2018 and June 2019 and affected customer personal information. The DPC reportedly looked into the series

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17 Mar 2022

Irish Watchdog Fines Meta $19m Over Data Breach

Ireland’s data regulator, the Data Protection Commissioner, has fined Facebook’s parent company Meta $19 million over the results of an inquiry that looked into twelve data breach notifications received by the DPC between June 2018 and December 2018. The probe sought to examine how Meta Platforms had complied with Ireland’s

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18 May 2021

Patient data could be ‘abused’ after health service attack, warns Irish government

In the aftermath of a destructive ransomware attack against the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE), the Irish government has warned that sensitive medical information and other patient data may be leaked. Officials have condemned any public release by the attackers of stolen patient data, stating that the move would be

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17 May 2021

‘We won’t pay ransom,’ says Ireland after attack on health service

Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) was recently the victim of a ransomware attack that took some services offline temporarily as the organization attempted to mitigate any further risks. The HSE has now stated that it does not plan on paying ransom despite struggling to restore its IT systems. HSE has

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14 May 2021

‘Significant’ ransomware attack forces Ireland’s health service to shut down IT systems

Ireland’s health service has become one of the most recent victims of ransomware, forced to take its systems offline due to the attack. The Health Service Executive is responsible for healthcare and social services throughout Ireland. The attack was described by the entity as “significant,” prompting them to shut down

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08 Apr 2021

Bus torched in more Northern Ireland violence as British and Irish leaders call for calm

In Northern Ireland, people took to the streets for the sixth consecutive night of violence as unionists and nationalists clashed with both each other and the police. The unrest began last week due to rising tensions relating to Brexit, including unionist anger over a decision made by law enforcement agencies

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23 Mar 2020

The Latest: South Africa infections grow by 402 overnight

COVID-19 has now infected 402 South Africans, and the country now has the most cases in Africa after a spike of 128 cases in one day occurred. The South African President is expected to address the nation and impose new restrictive measures, attempting to combat the spread of the virus.

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