A drone nearly collided with a jet at Heathrow airport last December: many drone operators – both recreational and commercial – are ignorant of regulations or deliberately flout them.  Photograph: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Rules in Ireland and the US have been slow to catch up with the fast-moving technology

As the EU prepares its new regulations, indications are that data protection challenges will be handled by the data protection commissioner in the country in which a multinational has its EU headquarters. For many  big  tech companies, that country is already Ireland. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

But a US legal case could throw the entire cloud-computing sector into chaos

By making the internet more useful and usable through better identification and classification of its content society will benefit in many ways

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics aims to give Irish research groups a global reach, says one of its founding directors Prof S(...)

Ever since the dotcom boom the development template for internet companies has been to get big fast, build an audience, get those eyeballs, and then work to monetise them. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

Some enterprises are only just realising that social media needs to make money too

Without Edward Snowden’s leaks few knew grotesque violations of the everyday personal privacy of entire national populations were the norm

UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal rules collection of personal communications data by GCHQ and the US’s National Security Agency (...)

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy: “There’s a chance to cluster and have a best in class global data analytical centre of excellence on the island”

Minister must ensure tech firms keep doing business here while also protecting privacy

UPC: I discovered that I couldn’t just change my UPC package online (unless I wanted to upgrade it). I would have to cancel it by letter or email, wait 30 days, then contact the company again to change my package

Contractual trickiness seems designed to benefit business but not facilitate the consumer

Eyeing up data: Microsoft believes about 3,000 Irish SMEs are still running Windows Server 2003, inset below left, and will face increased security risks as a result from this summer

Many SMEs may need to upgrade to avoid security risks as a result of outdated servers

IBM  denies the number of layoffs will be anywhere near those suggested in the “Forbes” report. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Shares rose considerably on the rumours of massive job cuts

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