Drones are cool, just last week I was watching some cool footage from a drone which was flown around the Poolbeg Chimneys and of course I ended up wanting one of my own even more, you can check it out the footage for yourself here.

On the 15th April, a one day conference will be held in Dublin and will feature a visit from a DJI Phantom Drone as part of the day’s line-up. Apart from the drone being really cool and attention grabbing, there is actually a deeper meaning to it at this particular event. “Eyes-in-the-Sky: Drones, Data and Privacy” is one of a dozen talks which is scheduled to be held on the day which is being organised by Digital Rights Ireland.


The conference will be opened by Dara Murphy TD who was last year appointed as Minister for Data Protection, the first appointment of its kind in Europe. The conference will highlight Irelands central role regarding privacy and data issues.

So what is the actual significance of data and privacy relative to Ireland? Many of us now use some form of social media from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram and more. Over the past number of years privacy and data has been a recurring topic when it comes to social media. We have reported about privacy several times on Irish Tech News.

Social networks have a habit of landing themselves in hot water over privacy from the data they are collecting from users to the whole Facebook Messenger debacle last year. We have also given tips regarding privacy concerns in the past to keep you safe at home and we have reported on ‘The Hit Team’ – a digital privacy firm which launched in Dublin earlier this yea. So again, what is the significant relevance of Ireland to all of this?

Ireland is in fact the home to a large number of technology giants, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. No matter where you live in the EU, no matter where you are interacting from on your social network profile, your data lives in Ireland and therefore your digital privacy rights originate here too.

Ireland’s explosive growth in data warehousing comes with big legal and ethical responsibilities. DRI Director Antoin O Lachtnain says that;

“We entrust our private information to both government bodies and the companies we deal with online and offline. Yet newspaper headlines regularly highlight security breaches and questions about whether the information we share is being used lawfully.”

Ireland itself has been at the heart of some recent controversies such as the collecting and then abandonment of PPS numbers for billing purposes. However the event organisers also point to Gardai using body cams, one of the sessions will be “Policing in a Digital World” and will look at the use of technology and the role of policing as well as citizen reporting using images and videos on social media.

Digital Rights Europe will feature 14 speakers who will cover a wide range of topics regarding data, privacy and protection. Tickets for the event will cost €130 per delegate and will include parking and lunch. Legal professionals seeking written CPD certification for attendance can purchase tickets for €175.

Tickets can be bought online at https://www.digitalrights.ie/conference/

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Mark is the founder of 60 Second Social media where he provides social media news and digital marketing analysis, he is also a proud father of his bearded dragon, Lola. You can follow him on Twitter here. You can also follow 60 Second Social on Twitter here.

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