Dr Maria Murphy

Law

Lecturer

New House
310
(01) 474 7223

Biography

Dr Maria Helen Murphy joined the faculty at Maynooth University in 2014. Dr Murphy researches in the areas of privacy law, surveillance, information technology law, and human rights. Dr Murphy has published in a variety of national and international journals and coauthored the book, Information and Communications Technology Law in Ireland in 2017. 

Dr Murphy lectures Information Privacy Law (LW647) and Information Technology Law (LW685) at the postgraduate level, and lectures Media Law (LW360) and Civil Liberties (LW455) at the undergraduate level. Dr Murphy is interested in supervising postgraduate students in the areas of privacy law, surveillance, and information technology law. 

In addition to completing her Irish Research Council funded PhD at University College Cork in 2013, Dr Murphy holds a magna cum laude LLM degree from Temple University (Philadelphia), and a First Class Honours BCL (International) degree from UCC.

Dr Murphy tweets about privacy, data protection, and technology law at https://twitter.com/maria_h_murphy.

Research Interests

Dr Murphy researches in the areas of privacy law, surveillance, information technology law, and human rights. She is particularly interested in the interaction between technological advancement and human rights. She is currently working on a book to be published with Routledge with the working title, Language, Power, and Surveillance. 

Abstract: Language, Power, and Surveillance

The search for the ‘correct’ interpretation is a constant one in law. In the politically contentious field of surveillance law, additional challenges arise. While the ambiguity of human language limits the precision of all law, the secrecy prevalent in the surveillance sphere magnifies the effect. As modern surveillance is inherently associated with technology, an additional challenge to interpretability is created by the language used to describe the design and operation of surveillance systems. This comprehension gap can not only be used to assure a citizen of the necessity of a surveillance measure through bombardment and boredom, but also to convince a politician of a solution’s merit, and to assure a judge that the law is being followed. While contrary to notions of transparency and foreseeability, the development of intricate, ambiguous, and complex legislation can facilitate the quiet appropriation of power. This book takes the relationship between language, power, and surveillance as its central theme and uses a number of case studies to illustrate the particular challenges to transparent interpretation in the surveillance context. The laws of the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ireland that are chosen for discussion in this book demonstrate how these challenges of language have enabled the expansion of surveillance powers with minimal scrutiny.

Privacy; Surveillance Law; Information Technology Law; Human Rights Law.

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Information and Communications Technology Law in Ireland.
Rónán Kennedy and Maria Helen Murphy (2017) Information and Communications Technology Law in Ireland. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 ''Surveillance and the Right to Privacy: Is an Effective Remedy Possible?''
Maria Helen Murphy (2016) ''Surveillance and the Right to Privacy: Is an Effective Remedy Possible?'' In: Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions. Springer. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Algorithmic Surveillance: The Collection Conundrum'
Maria Helen Murphy (2017) 'Algorithmic Surveillance: The Collection Conundrum'. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Algorithmic governance: Developing a research agenda through the power of collective intelligence'
John Danaher, Michael J Hogan, Chris Noone, Rónán Kennedy, Anthony Behan, Aisling De Paor, Heike Felzmann, Muki Haklay, Su-Ming Khoo, John Morison, Maria Helen Murphy, Niall O'Brolchain, Burkhard Schafer, Kalpana Shankar (2017) 'Algorithmic governance: Developing a research agenda through the power of collective intelligence'. BIG DATA AND SOCIETY, 4 (2) [Details]
2016 ''Transparency and surveillance: assessing the approach of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in Liberty & Others''
Maria Helen Murphy (2016) ''Transparency and surveillance: assessing the approach of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in Liberty & Others''. Public Law, [Details]
2016 ''Technological solutions to privacy questions: what is the role of law''
Maria Helen Murphy (2016) ''Technological solutions to privacy questions: what is the role of law''. Information and Communications Technology Law, 25 [DOI] [Details]
2015 ''The introduction of smart meters in Ireland: Privacy implications and the role of privacy by design''
Maria Helen Murphy (2015) ''The introduction of smart meters in Ireland: Privacy implications and the role of privacy by design''. Dublin University Law Journal, 38 [Details]
2015 ''Repealing the Human Rights Act: implications for the Belfast Agreement''
Maria Helen Murphy (2015) ''Repealing the Human Rights Act: implications for the Belfast Agreement''. King's Law Journal, 26 [DOI] [Details]
2014 ''The Views Expressed Represent Mine Alone: Academic Freedom and Social Media''
Maria Helen Murphy (2014) ''The Views Expressed Represent Mine Alone: Academic Freedom and Social Media''. SCRIPted, 11 [IR Link] [Details]
2014 ''Data retention in the aftermath of Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger''
Maria Helen Murphy (2014) ''Data retention in the aftermath of Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger''. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 24 [Details]
2014 ''The Pendulum effect: Comparisons between the Snowden revelations and the Church Committee. What are the potential implications for Europe?''
Maria Helen Murphy (2014) ''The Pendulum effect: Comparisons between the Snowden revelations and the Church Committee. What are the potential implications for Europe?''. Information and Communications Technology Law, 23 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'The True Negatives of False Positives'
Maria Helen Murphy (2016) 'The True Negatives of False Positives' Computers and Law, 27 (3) . [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2016 Book Review: Protecting Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law and by Data Protection in 6 (3) International Data Privacy Law 251-253.
Maria Helen Murphy (2016) Book Review: Protecting Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law and by Data Protection in 6 (3) International Data Privacy Law 251-253. Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2016 Technological challenges and opportunities: the future of law in 25(1) Information and Communications Technology Law 1-3.
Maria Helen Murphy and Brian Simpson (2016) Technological challenges and opportunities: the future of law in 25(1) Information and Communications Technology Law 1-3. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
2014 Cyber-privacy or cyber-surveillance? Legal responses to fear in cyberspace in 23(2) Information and Communications Technology Law 189-191.
Maria Helen Murphy and Brian Simpson (2014) Cyber-privacy or cyber-surveillance? Legal responses to fear in cyberspace in 23(2) Information and Communications Technology Law 189-191. Editorial [DOI] [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2014 Privacy and Social Media in Ireland in Walton Science and Technology Magazine.
Maria Helen Murphy (2014) Privacy and Social Media in Ireland in Walton Science and Technology Magazine. Magazine Article [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2015 Snowden leaks provided momentum to bring us to this crucial point in data protection in The Journal.
Maria Helen Murphy (2015) Snowden leaks provided momentum to bring us to this crucial point in data protection in The Journal. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2015 Your personal data was talked about at the Web Summit, but it looks like you might have to pay to keep it safe in the future in The Journal.
Maria Helen Murphy (2015) Your personal data was talked about at the Web Summit, but it looks like you might have to pay to keep it safe in the future in The Journal. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2014 EU ruling raises individual privacy over business interest in The Irish Examiner.
Maria Helen Murphy (2014) EU ruling raises individual privacy over business interest in The Irish Examiner. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2014 Crucial case for privacy and data in The Irish Examiner.
Maria Helen Murphy (2014) Crucial case for privacy and data in The Irish Examiner. Newspaper Articles [Details]