TJ McIntyre writes:
There’s a long and ignominious history in Ireland of personal data abuse by employees in the public sector and insurance industry. Sometimes it’s a garda using phone records to spy on her ex, sometimes it’s nosiness on the part of Revenue staff, and in still other cases it’ssystematic abuse of social welfare records by the insurance industry. Sadly, the full list is too long for this post. What these cases have in common is that historically no one has been prosecuted. In some cases staff have been dismissed – but more commonly an internal slap on the wrist was the most that could be feared.
Against this background, it’s significant that two prosecutions have recently been taken over data misuse.
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