I am on the Dáil committee that questioned Facebook executives over shoddy practices, highlighted in a recent Channel 4 programme. I put a series of questions to them. They were slick and clever, but many questions remained without a clear or satisfactory answer, and in some cases facts presented to them were simply denied . You can listen to their answers on the Oireachtas web site via these links: https://bit.ly/2LLtUZu (go to the end of video); and here: https://bit.ly/2Mdx70i (see the start of the video).

The data commissioner met with the relevant Dáil committee and responded to questions put regarding data control issues in the light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Bríd’s concern was the referendum on the 8th amendment – could it be manipulated by unscrupulous data handlers, still?’