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‘I knew my case was strong, but the data watchdog just wasn’t listening’

When Cormac Doolin’s bosses used CCTV in an action against him, he complained to the regulator

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Cormac Doolin outside the High Court, which ruled in his favour. Picture by David Conachy

Cormac Doolin outside the High Court, which ruled in his favour. Picture by David Conachy

Cormac Doolin outside the High Court. Picture by David Conachy

Cormac Doolin outside the High Court. Picture by David Conachy

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Cormac Doolin outside the High Court, which ruled in his favour. Picture by David Conachy

A carpenter’s assistant at Harold’s Cross hospice has spoken of his fears of losing his house over huge legal bills as he fought the Data Protection Commission (DPC) in a six-year legal battle over his employer’s use of CCTV to take disciplinary action against him.

Cormac Doolin, a 37-year old father of two with a third child on the way, said he became obsessed with data protection law after Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services sanctioned him for taking unauthorised breaks based on CCTV footage that was originally reviewed as part of an investigation into a potential terrorist threat.


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