All posts by Jeanne Kelly

Irish political party, Fine Gael, has hit the headlines in Ireland recently due to a series of data protection incidents. In anticipation of Ireland’s imminent election, likely to be held in March, Fine Gael embarked on what it is terming “the biggest consultation exercise to date with the Irish electorate”. Fine Gael shut down its primary website, replacing it with a single page site containing its party leader’s video message inviting “complaints, ideas and proposals”. The purpose behind the website was to try and replicate, in an Irish context, the online political engagement and resultant momentum which propelled Barack Obama to power. With nearly 1,000 responses in its first day live, the site started strongly, although by the later part of last week, concerns had been raised regarding data protection and privacy issues. In particular, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (‘ODPC’) was notified that the website did not have a … Continue Reading ››