the Irish for rights

Taxing and woolly data retention laws will discourage new business – The Irish Times – Fri, Apr 15, 2011

KARLIN LILLINGTONThe cost and complexity of new data legislation creates difficulties for new investorsAS THE implications of our recently enacted data retention legislation sink in, Continue Reading

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

A cartoon for the week which saw both international data privacy day and the enactment of the Communications (Retention of Data) Act, 2011 (No 3 of 2011, not yet available on pdf, but see the Continue Reading

Beware of gullible politicos tinkering with data privacy – Karlin Lillington the in Irish Times

Today is international data privacy day, and It’s a shame we do so little to mark the eventWITH THE Seanad passing the data retention – oops, communications – Bill without amendment Continue Reading

Setting tone from the Top | The DOBlog

“Privacy by Design” is becoming the mantra of Data Protection enforcement world wide. Simply cutting and pasting a solution from another jurisdiction into an Irish or EU context Continue Reading

Traffic Data Retention, Irish-style, returns to the legislative agenda

The Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009, published last week, has caused a bit of a stir in this morning's newspapers. It will give effect to EU Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC of 15 Continue Reading

The power of letters

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties), has an editorial letter published in today's Guardian which begins: Sir - 75 years ago today, in a Britain Continue Reading

Data retention ironies

I can't make up my mind whether it's ironic or not that the European Court of Justice has upheld the Data Retention Directive on Safer Internet Day. I'll let Digital Rights Ireland tell the Continue Reading

Google and Privacy: the facts speak for themselves

From the BBC (hat tip also to Canadian Privacy Law Blog; advance warning from The Register): Google is to halve the amount of time it stores users' personal search data in response to continued Continue Reading


Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I'm Eoin O'Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie - the Irish for rights.

"Cearta" really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.


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What I'd like for here is a simple widget that takes the list of feeds from my existing RSS reader and displays it here as a blogroll. Nothing fancy. I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

I had built a blogroll here on my Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Google Reader produced a line of html for each RSS subscription category, each of which I pasted here. So I had a list of my subscriptions as my blogroll, organised by category, which updated whenever I edited Google Reader. Easy peasy. However, with the sad and unnecessary demise of that product, so also went this blogroll. Please take a moment to mourn Google Reader. If there's an RSS reader which provides a line of html for the list of subscriptions, or for each RSS subscription category as Google Reader did, I'd happily use that. So, as I've already begged, I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

Meanwhile, please bear with me until I find a new RSS+Blogroll solution




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Others whose technical advice and help have proven invaluable in keeping this show on the road include Dermot Frost, Karlin Lillington, Daithí Mac Síthigh, and Antoin Ó Lachtnáin.

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