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Poster for INM’s cyber security conference at Dublin’s RDS today; Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Independent News and Media is hosting a cyber security conference in Dublin’s RDS today.

At 12.15pm, INM’s Technology Editor Adrian Weckler will speak with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon.

According to the conference agenda, they will discuss:

Tackling the power and reach of the big tech companies in our society.

How to protect people’s privacy and personal security in an era when everything is online.

Making sure that individuals know and exercise their rights.

Navigating international law and geopolitics when legislatures, courts and cultures clash.

Companies’ rights and responsibilities when it comes to data breaches and making mistakes.


Not the first time, mind.

Related: Data Commissioner dismisses conflict of interest in addressing INM data conference (Irish Examiner, April 9, 2018)

Previously: Legal Coffee Drinker: A Serious Judgement Call

Pic: Cormac Bourke

From top: Irish NUJ secretary Seamus Dooley; NM chief executive Michael Doorly; Independent News and Media offices on Talbot Street, Dublin 1

This morning.

Further to recent developments in the data breach story at Independent News and Media (INM)…

The Irish Independent, reports:

INM chief executive Michael Doorly is expected to address staff today about the latest allegations... The National Union of Journalists has also sought an urgent meeting with INM.

Last Sunday, Sunday Business Post journalist Tom Lyons reported that in 2015, hard drives of up to six editors in INM were allegedly taken in the middle of the night and copied before being returned to the journalists’ desks before they got into work.

Mr Lyons reported that, in 2013, following a request from INM’s then chairman Leslie Buckley, there was a collection and examination of emails allegedly sent by a number of INM members to their private email addresses without the members’ knowledge.

The Irish Times, reported that former Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris informed the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner that she was told by INM management that her emails were accessed in 2013 as part of an investigation into a leak.

Ms Harris said she shared correspondence with the commissioner’s office after INM “started to stonewall” when she asked them questions.

Inspectors ramp up probe at INM as quiz starts of key figures (Shane Phelan, The Irish Independent)

Yesterday: ‘Much Remains To Unravel’

Look Hack In Anger

The reception of Independent News and Media offices on Talbot Street, Dublin 1

Mark Paul, in The Irish Times, reports:

“Independent News and Media (INM) has recruited Deloitte for yet another investigation into an alleged major data breach at the newspaper publisher.

“It has also threatened outside IT experts, recruited under the supervision of former chairman Leslie Buckley, that it will sue them unless they co-operate, according to court papers.

“…Mr Buckley is refusing to meet the Deloitte investigators. In letters to INM’s legal advisers McCann Fitzgerald, Mr Buckley’s lawyers cite his anger at a letter sent by INM to the so-called INM 19, who were among those whose data was searched.

“That letter, his lawyers say, appears to blame Mr Buckley for “unauthorised” access to INM’s data.”

INM threatens to sue experts who ran data ‘interrogation’ (Mark Paul, The Irish Times)

Yesterday: There Were Discussions With Dee Forbes About ‘Getting Stephen A Job At RTE’

Previously: Why Did You Pay To Have These People Hacked?

INM The Thick Of It

This morning.

Independent News & Media CEO Michael Doorly (above left) and Chairman Murdoch MacLennan (right) at the company’s AGM.

Of the data breach allegedly ordered by previous chairman Leslie Buckley, Mr MacLennan said:

“The board believes that any person who facilitated or exploited such access should be required to account fully as to how and why they obtained access to such data, for what purpose and what use was actually made of such data.”


MacLennan said the appointment of an inspector would have a “damaging impact” on the company and its stakeholders, including its shareholders, employees, readers and customers.

Good times.

INM chairman says company ‘horrified’ by data breach (RTÉ)


From top: Yesterday’s Irish Independent; and from the Irish Independent-sponsored data security conference

Further to the alleged data breach at Independent News and Media…

And reports that the Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon is to investigate into the alleged breach…

And the Irish Independent-sponsored data security conference in Dublin on Monday…

Gemma O’Doherty tweetz:

I have asked @DPCIreland Helen Dixon whether she still intends to be the keynote speaker at INM’s conference on data protection next week given she is investigating an alleged data breach by the company #INM19 #INM #dataprotection


Dublin Data Sec 2018 

Previously: Look Hack In Anger

‘Arguably One Of The Largest Data Breaches In The History Of The State’


Tom Lyons tweetz:

“So this happened in INM…”


Earlier: ‘Arguably One Of The Largest Data Breaches In The History Of The State’

Denis O’Brien


Previously: Why Did You Have These People Hacked?

Look Hack In Anger

Related: Thicker Than Uisce (January 30, 2014)

Contains Impurities (October 9, 2014)