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TDs learn to combat mobile hacking

IRISH politicians have been given lectures in how to avoid having their phones hacked.

The Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has provided lessons on how to ensure their texts, phone calls and emails stay secure.

The talk, which was held in the Dail in September, followed hot on the heels of the News Of The World phone hacking scandal, in which it emerged that politicians were among those whose phones were hacked by reporters for the British tabloid.

Mr Hawkes spoke in relation to the new regulations in relation to exchange of data and explained to politicians what they can and cannot do.

However, politicians have now called for a further briefing on the issue of phone hacking.

Deputy Michael Healy Rae said: "I certainly believe phone hacking is going on in this country. I've no doubt in my mind that it's happening,

"I asked the Dail about it and got no proper answer.

"I would like to see him [Mr Hawkes] come back in to answer our queries."

A spokesperson for the Data Commissioner said no complaints about phone hacking had been received to date.