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Thursday 14 December 2017

Five ways technology has failed us Irish

Five technological glitches we won't forget
Five technological glitches we won't forget

After the biggest Lotto jackpot draw of the year was postponed last night after a glitch with the ticketing system, we take a look at five ways technology has failed us in Ireland.

It was a case of 'computer says no' at last November's Web Summit when the RDS event endured loss of its Wi-Fi service, frustrating thousands of attendees.

Irish Water spent €50m on its state-of-the-art IT system, but that didn't stop it crashing on the same day water meters began ticking last October.

The government claimed e-voting machines would push Ireland's image as IT literate in 2002. Seven years and €54m later, it ate its words after concerns were raised about security features and the machines were scrapped.

More than 60,000 SuperValu customers were asked to cancel their credit cards after paying for discount holidays with the retailer during 2011 and 2012. Some 8,000 Axa customers were also affected by the breach at Loyaltybuild, which operated the loyalty scheme.

Ulster Bank was slapped with a hefty €3.5m fine after an IT failure left customers unable to access their accounts in summer 2012.

Irish Independent

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