Government will not say if spyware is used to monitor Irish citizens
The Ireland’s Government has refused to provide clarity regarding the potential use of spyware by State agencies to monitor Irish citizens, following an inquiry from the European Commission.
Last December, the Commission requested information from all EU member states on the prevalence of utilizing this software; one that allows covert data gathering and tracking of online and offline activities of a device’s user. Their queries included the legalities of such practices in Ireland, a list of all authorities authorized to use spyware, the appropriate measures to be taken if legal authorisation is necessary, and the criteria for informing individuals being monitored.
The Department of Justice responded to the Commission in early February by citing two acts passed in 1993 and 2009 which determine the legality of “surveillance and interception of telecommunications.” However, there was no indication within their response as to currently deployed spyware by the State.
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