Sunday Tribune, February 14th 2010: Estate agents using gardaí to get illegal data
This is the same Data Protection Commissioner - Billy Hawkes - who said he'd "like to investigate to uncover the scale of the problem" of estate agents colluding with mortgage brokers just a few years ago, to find out beforehand what the buyer had to spend, and upping the prices accordingly? An investigation that resulted in our courts full of prosecutions for those offences?Estate agents claim they can use gardaí to illegally access the confidential Pulse intelligence system to conduct criminal background checks on potential tenants, a Sunday Tribune investigation has found. [...]
The Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has now launched a probe into the allegations of illegal activity in the sector.
Irish Examiner, December 12th 2006: Property market is rife with illegal practices, programme claims
And now we have estate agents colluding with the gardaí? What are the gardaí who illegally provide such info getting in return?In the programme ‘Buyer Beware’, Primetime Investigates outlined some serious problems encountered by buyers, sellers and householders, including: bidding against themselves as estate agents make up fake prices to push up the price of a property, fake bidders being used in auctions, high fees being charged for services by property management agencies and ‘gazumping’, where sellers renege on a sale agreement and then sell for a higher price.
The programme claimed that in some cases mortgage brokers find out how much money a perspective buyer has to spend and passes the information on to the estate agent. [...]
The Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said that a mortgage broker passing on information regarding a perspective buyer’s financial situation broke the terms of the Data Protection Act and that his office would like to investigate to uncover the scale of the problem.
Ireland, in 2010. Will somebody, anybody, CTRL-ALT-DEL it now, wipe the disk clean and install a new operating system in the country please? It's game over here. What next, and NAMA is only getting started?