Tag Archives: An Post

Um.

Last night.

Meanwhile…

Anyone?

Staffing boosted to tackle ‘dramatic increase’ in passport applications (BreakingNews)


This morning.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has lodged a complaint with the Data Protection Commission over the processing and sale of personal data by GeoDirectory, a company operated by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI).

Via the Irish Council for Civil Liberties:

GeoDirectory sells location data about every Irish home, matched with intimate social demographic “GeoPeople” profiles about the income, life stage, and family status of the people who live in each home.

Over 2 million Irish homes and their residents are profiled in this way, under headings such as “striving urban singles”, “deprived urban families” or “struggling older families”.

ICCL has been able to buy data about people living across Ireland, including ICCL staff. These data are available to purchase by any company or organisation.

For example, GeoDirectory sells data to Experian, one of the world’s biggest data brokers. Experian then uses the data to set people’s credit ratings. Aviva, a major insurance firm, uses GeoDirectory data to set individual insurance prices and examine claims.

Marketing itself as having an “unrivalled location intelligence database”, GeoDirectory’s data comes from An Post, OSI and the Census, with GeoDirectory using the latter to create 14 separate social demographic profiles and assigning one to each household in Ireland. It is impossible to know how an accurate or inaccurate classification is potentially impacting a household.

ICCL’s Tech and Human Rights Officer, Olga Cronin, said:

“I was able to buy data about each of my neighbours, including their financial status, and whether they are single or not. This information is specially protected under EU law. But GeoDirectory is collecting, updating, storing and selling this data with utter ease and without consideration of GDPR. The company is also allowing businesses to identify the individual social demographic profile of everyone on their customer list by offering a service whereby they cross-reference a business’s customer list with that of GeoDirectory. This mass processing of every Irish household’s personal data without a legal basis or in adherence with GDPR cannot be lawful.

ICCL reveals that the An Post & OSI company “GeoDirectory” uses Census data to profile every Irish home, for sale to data brokers and insurance companies (ICCL)

The kettle’s whistling for you.

Via Bed Breakfast Ireland

We are delighted to share with you An Post’s new range of stamps launching today. The postal stamps are inspired by the iconic Irish breakfast and celebrate Irish tourism and hospitality. We are delighted to be promoting this campaign #irishbreakfast…

*wipes drool*.

Artist, anyone?

Above from left: Conor Keane (son of the late playwright John B Keane, who wrote Sive); Conor Doyle (godson of much-loved Dublin actor and comedian Jimmy O’Dea); Ellen Bonner of Riverdance; and Joe Conlan, Gaiety Pantomime Dame, with the An Post stamps celebrating 150 years of opening nights at the Gaiety

This afternoon.

King Street, Dublin 2.

An Post celebrates 150 years of opening nights at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre with a series of stamps that show scenes from Abdication’ (1948), ‘Dick Whittington’ (1957), ‘Riverdance’ (2017) and the Druid theatre company’s ‘Sive’ (2018) by John B. Keane.

Stamps available here

Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

This afternoon.

An Post said that many items posted in Ireland during December for delivery outside the country “are still in transit through airports and sea ports”.

But that’s not all…

….consumers are complaining not just about international parcels and deliveries.

There are reports of letters being posted from one Dublin address to another Dublin address taking up to a month to be delivered.

Numerous An Post customers have contacted RTÉ News to report severe delays in having post delivered within Ireland, with the delays appearing to have hit not just parcels but letters too…

Anyone?

An Post warns customers may be waiting weeks for parcels (RTÉ)

RollingNews

 

Andrew McGinley and his now deceased children Conor, Carla and Darragh; boxes of correspondence sent to Andrew

Today.

Andrew McGinley, whose three children were found dead in their Dublin home in January, is continuing to receive correspondence following an appeal for letters last Friday.

He wrote that he was struggling with isolation and appealed for letters.

This morning, he tweeted a fresh picture of boxes from An Post containing hundreds of letters, and said:

“Is it too late to set up a rota for writing to me??? Thank you all. This has been so uplifting for me and I will read every one of them.”

In fairness.

Previously: ‘I Possibly Should Have Thought This Through’

Can You Write To Andrew?