An Austrian student's legal battle against Facebook, accusing it of helping the US security service to collect personal data, suffered a setback after a Vienna court rejected his case on procedural grounds, both sides have said.
The HSE has said that due to problems with its online registration system for free GP care for children under six, a very small number of people had sight of some data relating to one other individual's application.
European Union member states have endorsed a sweeping overhaul of the 28-country bloc's data protection laws, bringing a web of national laws into a single set of rules with the potential for heavy fines.
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner will today assume responsibility for ensuring the privacy and data of around 300 million people outside the US who use Twitter each month is adequately respected.
A case gets under way today in the European Court of Justice on the extent to which US tech giants based in Ireland, such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft, should be allowed to transfer the personal data of users to the United States.