Ireland’s privacy agency is launching an investigation into a trove of information from roughly over half a billion Facebook users that has been leaked and is circulating online. “This dataset was reported to contain personal data relating to approximately 533 million Facebook users worldwide,” the country's Data Protection Commission said in a release Wednesday . “The DPC engaged with Facebook Ireland in relation to this reported issue, raising queries in relation to GDPR compliance to which Facebook Ireland furnished a number of responses.” ADVERTISEMENT A spokesperson for Facebook told The Hill the company is fully cooperating with the inquiry. The origin of the data, which includes profile names, email addresses and phone numbers, is unclear. The information was posted on an amateur hacking forum earlier this month, but the data appears to be older. Facebook has said that the data was reported on in 2019 and that it has already patched the vulnerability that … [Read more...] about Ireland launches investigation into Facebook data leak
The United Kingdom’s key Brexit negotiator David Frost said that London needs more time to respond to the European Union’s legal action against the UK, after the bloc accused the British government of "breaching” the Northern Ireland Protocol, RTÉ News reports. Frost has apparently stipulated the extension request in two letters, saying that the decision was “in line with precedent that typically allows two months to respond to proceedings of this kind.” 2/ “We’ve been clear that the measures we have taken are lawful and part of a progressive and good faith implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.” — Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) April 14, 2021 The UK government believes that it acted lawfully after unilaterally extending the grace period on 3 March, effectively delaying the Northern Ireland protocol’s full implementation in relation to EU food safety requirements. The checks on certain products coming to the island from Great Britain were due to come into effect … [Read more...] about UK Needs More Time to Respond to EU’s Accusations of Northern Ireland Protocol Breach
Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney is expected to press his British counterpart, Dominic Rabb, this week during a meeting in London to convene an emergency British-Irish intergovernmental conference to discuss a recent outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland. But British ministers are reluctant. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told the House of Commons on Tuesday that the British government would "look for an appropriate time for a future meeting" but did not commit to do so as a matter of urgency, despite a growing clamor in the British Parliament for a summit, which would include Northern Irish politicians. Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland deny they have been behind an eruption of street violence in the British-ruled province, but they have warned that politicians in London, Dublin and Brussels are playing with fire, saying they underestimate the impact Brexit is having on the sectarian balance. The sustained nature of rioting in largely Protestant … [Read more...] about British Ministers Rebuff Dublin Pleas for Emergency Summit on Northern Ireland
Dr. Margaret O’Callaghan, a Belfast resident, political analyst, and historian spoke to Sputnik about the current turmoil in Northern Ireland. In her view, there are several reasons for the riots from disagreements over border protocol to Covid and the funeral for senior IRA figure Bobby Storey. She says the protestors have no leader and are not politicised to the extent of having demands. Sputnik: Joe Biden has expressed concerns over the current situation. This is not the first time he's spoken out on Northern Ireland's peace process, saying that, "they can't allow the Good Friday agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit." Do you think the US has the right to weigh in here? © REUTERS / JASON CAIRNDUFF Biden Administration Calls for Calm in Northern Ireland Amid Worst Violence in Years Dr. O’Callaghan: I'm not sure I'd quite use the language of “weigh-in.” I think he's expressed an interest which could be seen as … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the Recent Wave of Violence in Northern Ireland and Why Did Biden Intervene?
The families of Catholics killed or injured in a blatantly sectarian bombing during The Troubles in Northern Ireland are suing the Office of the Police Ombudsman. Fifteen people died when a UVF went off in McGurk’s Bar in north Belfast on 4 December 1971 but only one of the bombers was ever brought to justice. Two serious failures: (1) A failure to complete a 2015 complaint regarding serious allegations against present policing of . @PoliceServiceNI and its deliberate mishandling of its investigation into the #McGurks Bar Massacre /2 pic.twitter.com/qB3tdN50gC — #McGurks Bar Campaign for Truth (@mcgurksbar) March 4, 2021 Among those who died was Maria McGurk, the 14-year-old daughter of the bar’s owners, and schoolboy James Cromie, 13. Ciarán MacAirt, a researcher who has searched official archives in search of the truth, said: "We have been forced to launch these legal proceedings as the Police Ombudsman wilfully failed to investigate critical evidence in the … [Read more...] about Families of Sectarian Bomb Victims Sue Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Over Investigation