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NUJ welcomes INM data protection investigation

4 April 2018

The NUJ has welcomed the announcement by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon that she is to undertake an investigation into whether personal data held by Independent News and Media Plc (INM) was accessed externally and if so, whether it was processed in accordance with data protection legislation. 

The union wrote to Dixon calling for an investigation into the alleged breaches detailed in a High Court affidavit and Dixon has now responded with a statement.  

The alleged data breach is outlined in an affidavit filed in the High Court by the Director of Corporate Enforcement, Ian Drennan, who is applying for the appointment of an inspector to INM. The proceedings were lodged on 23 March and the matter is listed for hearing on 16 April 2018. 

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, said:

"We welcome the announcement that the Data Protection Commissioner is to carry out an investigation into the alleged breaches. INM employees require a detailed explanation as to how and why the alleged breaches occurred. The long term interests of workers and of INM are best served by an open and transparent process. 
"Journalists at Independent House had a right to work without their data being put at risk. The current chair and board must give unambiguous support to the editorial staff and commit to the principle that editorial independence will not be compromised by internal or external commercial or corporate interests."

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