Irish Human Rights Commission added to data retention challenge
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The High Court in Dublin has allowed the Irish Human Rights Commission to become a party to the data retention challenge being brought by Digital Rights Ireland. The Human Rights Commission, which is a state body, will be an amicus curiae (friend of the court) with the ability to make submissions about the fundamental rights implications of data retention. The Chief Executive of the Commission Éamonn Mac Aodha stated:
"This case raises important issues about the extent to which laws and measures governing the monitoring of one's private life by the State in pursuit of tackling crime possess sufficient human rights safeguards". Mr MacAodha continued "one of the priorities of the IHRC is to address potential threats to human rights that may emerge with developments in communications technology such as in the present case where issues of individual security and privacy are raised."
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(Contribution by TJ McIntyre - EDRi-member Digital Rights Ireland)