IE: Data chief considered stopping use of sensitive information

Elaine Edwards reports:

The Data Protection Commissioner considered telling organisations to stop allowing information such as mothers’ maiden names to be used for security questions after millions of personal records were published on a government genealogy site last year.

In July last year, then commissioner Billy Hawkes threatened to take enforcement action against the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht after civil registration data on all births and marriages was made available on the website.

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