The Advocate General expressed a vigorous defence of personal privacy in the face of the “mission creep” of states and law enforcement agencies. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

European Court of Justice insistent that citizens are entitled to privacy protections

Microsoft’s victory last Thursday in New York State’s Second Circuit Appeals Court has ramifications at least as far-reaching as Max Schrems’ challenge to the Safe Harbour EU/US data handling framework

The Microsoft case matters enormously as it goes to the very heart of the internet

“With new privacy protections in place, we are confident the framework will withstand further scrutiny,” US commerce secretary Penny Pritzker said on Tuesday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Privacy Shield may now be the officially adopted replacement

Perhaps the Cabinet and law enforcement in Ireland are not aware that both WhatsApp and Viber are automatically encrypted. Photograph: Getty Images

State adds to a legislative corpse rather than observe European Court of Justice decision

So now the vote has taken place, and even if the UK actually survives – which isn’t all that clear yet – Ireland and Malta will be the only English-speaking countries in the European Union. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A lot of uncertainty remains but there are clearly positives to be exploited over time

The tech archives will ensure that histories, personal memories and memorabilia are not lost to time

Launch of the Irish Tech Archives, a initiative from veteran Irish technology journalist John Sterne

Net neutrality:  helps ensure a fairer playing field for new companies that might wish to offer a service that competes with established companies or develop new technology that uses significant bandwidth. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Many proponents believe Europe’s rules are just semi-net neutral and full of loopholes

Microsoft’s Surface Book  not only had features I wanted, but also, is simply a beautiful piece of hardware. Photograph:  Mike Segar/Reuters

Karlin Lillington: The beautiful Surface Book’s form marries impressively with function

The proposed Privacy Shield increasingly seems as likely to protect EU citizens’ digital data as Captain America’s comic book shield.

Data protection and privacy agreement for EU citizens falls far short

Max Schrems has  said the needed changes to the proposed Privacy Shield agreement have to be to US law. Photograph: Collins Courts

European Parliament to vote on Privacy Shield agreement

Surely, those who control the app platforms – Apple and Google – should not allow app developers to override settings we have chosen on our own phones

Annoying and sneaky apps deliberately lie to you

Print items here falls under a statutory requirement to be archived and made available in the library at Trinity College Dublin

Call for so-called ‘legal deposit’ to cover digital items as well as print

Privacy Shield, the proposed replacement to the now-invalid US-EU data exchange agreement Safe Harbour, may end up the prominent casualty of a relatively obscure US supreme court action last week. Photograph: Thinkstock

US supreme court’s action would allow FBI to hack into computers and devices worldwide

The judgment in the Digital Rights Ireland case – in which the court threw out the existing EU Data Retention Directive – was a sweeping defence of human rights.

ECJ has gone from being almost invisible to giving the US government a good, hard shake

LinkedIn: “I’ve got 209 waiting there at the moment; that’s how long it has been since I even looked at my account.” Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Professional network and mobile-based plane tickets today’s most aggravating tech

North Koreans attend a rally held to gather their willingness for a victory in a possible war against the United States and South Korea in Nampo, North Korea – the country is a state actor of some concern

Former FBI agent Andre McGregor says Iran and Islamic State pose the greatest danger

 US president Barack Obama: His administration   brought in new   taxation rules that blocked    pharma giant Pfizer’s takeover of Dublin-based Allergan. Mr  Obama called the law that would have enabled the inversion “one of the most insidious loopholes out there”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Most effective way for US government to prevent inversions is to change its own rules

PayPal isn’t at all bothered to have Saudi Arabia as one of the countries in which it offers its services.Photograph: Alan Betson

Taking a high-profile stance in America is a moral indignation loss leader

Attackers have made the trojans more complex, adding supporting infrastructure to make them even more surreptitious and effective

New malware operated remotely neutralises usual anti-fraud controls

Last July Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million cars and trucks in the US equipped with radios that were vulnerable to hacking. Wired magazine published a story about software programmers who were able to take over a Jeep Cherokee being driven on a Missouri highway. The two hackers, Charlie Miller (above) and Chris Valasek, allowed journalist Andy Greenburg to drive the Cherokee before remotely turning on the windscreen washers and wipers, cranking up the sound system, shutting off the engine on a highway, taking control of the steering wheel and disabling the brakes. Photograph: Bill O’Leary/Washington Post via Getty Images

Emergence of connected, non-human controlled cars is giving rise to unforeseen dangers, US experts believe

Apple says to weaken the software for one case would cripple the software’s inbuilt encryption and privacy protection for all users

FBI had wanted Apple to create weakened version of its iPhone software to aid its attempts to unlock gunman’s phone

Personally I would really love to see Twitter do well and find some stability

Despite its popularity Twitter cannot get its mojo together

Microsoft founder Bill Gates with then  Intel president Andy Grove in 1992.

Driven and restless Hungarian refugee was former president, chairman and CEO of Intel

Bruce Schneier: “I think we need to start disconnecting systems. If we can’t control it, we have to not build a world where everything is connected” Bruce Schneier: “I think we need to start disconnecting systems. If we can’t control it, we have to not build a world where everything is connected”

An IT security expert has some dire warnings about our brave new world

Several technology multinationals  have filed a joint submission of written evidence on  aspects of the Bill.

The Bill if passed would allow the UK reach into companies based outside its territory

The main keynotes at the RSA conference consistently focused on encryption. So did the conference’s annual highlight, its famed Cryptographers’ Panel comprising several legendary industry figures and digital cryptography pioneers. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

An unprecedented array of political, security and military officials attend RSA conference

The internet of things could become the internet of lawsuits, according to industry experts.

As more items get ‘connected’, determining liability may prove a challenge for lawyers

Two former high-ranking US government officials have argued in favour of encryption and said they believed the FBI is misguided in trying to force Apple to unlock an encrypted iPhone used in a terrorist shooting attack in California. Photo: Bloomberg

Introducing weakened iOS code would be like ‘creating a bacterial biological weapon’

The RSA Security Conference is taking place in San Francisco. Photograph: Bloomberg

RSA conference told many companies too concerned with outdated security

  Austrian Max Schrems  before  the verdict of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in   October 2015,  which led to the dismantling of the Safe Harbour agreement  which let companies  self-certify that they provided European-level privacy safeguards to European data held in the US.  Photograph:   Julien Warnand/EPA

Renegotiated agreement between European Commission and US lacks substance

Cryptographers wait for their panel to begin at the RSA Conference Photograph: The New York Times Service

Experts say governments want to collect data, but are not focused on adequately protecting it

Keith Enright, legal director for privacy at Google, said company wanted to protect its users as much as possible. Photo: Bloomberg

Multinationals ready to implement EU’s incoming data protection regulation

Cryptographers wait for their panel to begin at the RSA Conference, a major annual gathering of computer security experts, in San Francisco.

Microsoft president defends need to keep governments from weakening technologies

Luciano Floridi: “But we need an ethical understanding, so that can inform the political and legal side, which can then regulate digital technologies in Europe.”

As we race towards new tech there is a need to listen to the philosopher’s take on the impact of new ideas

Companies have relied on the fact that you don’t read Eulas to insert a clause covering them should there be  a  zombie apocalypse. Really. Photograph: Getty Images

Most people blissfully unaware of terms and conditions for new apps or software

Forget the Irish and US elections. The big question is whether dogs or cats are the superior species. A new TV programme attempts (...)

Max Schrems’s  case prompted the European Court of Justice decision over the Safe Harbour agreement. Photograph: Collins Courts

Transatlantic data protection package is still just a proposed framework, not a done deal

In the EU privacy is a fundamental right. Europe wants the US to guarantee that the data of EU citizens will have all the same protections in the US that are provided under this fundamental right in the EU

EU and US have radically different views on privacy

Bodies such as Gsoc apparently can gain access, outside the constraints intended in the original legislation, by sloppy back-door means that enable third-party investigations.

Gsoc’s demand for call records was carried out in direct opposition to the European Court of Justice

On what grounds does the Government continue to retain data? Did  journalists hold it to account? No. On what grounds does it still provide access – which the ECJ has stated is unlawfully lax – to  the Garda, Revenue, the Defence Forces and, apparently, the GSOC?

The media didn’t bother to scrutinise what was happening when it was about everyone else – this story is still about everyone else(...)

Citizens need to remain wary about the ways in which their data may be misused by organisations who collect it in exchange for services, Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection said on Wednesday.

Minister for data protection says trust remains low on protection of personal information

Oracle’s exectutive chairman of the bBoard and chief technology officer Larry Ellison. The company is taking on 450 people in Dublin

Company recruiting 1,400 people worldwide on back of cloud computing services growth

Locked out: can a nation state demand data held in another state’s territory, circumventing treaties and agreements?

The US’s attempt to access information in Dublin may change cloud computing

Teenagers are acutely aware of what they post, how they are seen, whether posts are liked. They will self-censor and delete, out of embarrassment and shame. Photograph: Thinkstock

Growing up on the internet involves constant management of a personal PR entity

Barely half of us in Ireland had bought something online by the second quarter of last year, according to an EU Eurostat survey

Ireland comes in well below the average in the EU for online shopping

Digital privacy became a truly dominant international concern this year with high-profile breaches including the Ashley Madison website. Photograph: Reuters/Mark Blinch

Recent court decisions, and legislation, will most likely affect everyone handling data

It was estimated that overall some 7.5 million Facebook users in 2012 were children under 13.

Much-hyped parental permission rule is tiny part of EU data protection directive

Tesla’s showcase store in Palo Alto has become a local entertainment must-see

RTÉ broadcaster’s rain-drenched Storm Desmond report was the clip that kept on giving

Pixar success story: Toy Story 3

Removing barriers to creativity is key ingredient, chief Ed Catmull believes

 The warehouse at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Hemel Hempstead gets ready for Cyber Monday. Online sales on Black Friday were massive this year, only marginally trailing Cyber Monday at $2.7 billion in the US.

The rather dull and predictable reality is that it is Thanksgiving weekend in the US, plus the entire month of December, that has (...)

In Ireland, all drones weighing over 1kg will need to be registered with the Irish Aviation Authority. Photograph:  Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images

Drones need to be traceable and trackable, and laws enforceable

Emojis have been there since the dawn of email and text messages. Illustration: iStockphoto

Twitter hearts and Facebook thumbs-ups are woefully inadequate for the tragedy of Paris

Paulo Portas’s appearance  on the Web Summit main stage turned out to be a swan song. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hopefully, pledges will remain in place and promised infrastructure will stay on target

 Nico Sell, Wickr & Wickr Foundation, on the Code Stage on the last day  of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin. “Laconic and iconic hacker/artist/company founder of messaging app Wickr Nico Sell says every company should hire hackers to try to break their service.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile/Web Summit

Organisers need to take it elsewhere to learn maybe some of their ‘problems’ are self-generated

Jacki Ford Morie, founder of The Augmented Traveler, on the Centre Stage during day two of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS in Dublin.   Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Web Summit hears how Nasa wants to send astronauts to Mars with an immersive world

Taking a break at this year’s Web Summit. With extra time audiences get a much better sense of each contributor, discussions are more robust and finely developed, and individual contributions more nuanced. Photograph: Eric Luke

Society Stage panels are generally given 35 to 45 minutes and the value of that extra time shows

Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave at the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Summit’s usual initial vast confusion reigns in the RDS, especially for speakers and media

The main stage of the Web Summit this year: an event fantastic and frustrating in equal measure

Summit is fantastic for its speaker line-up; frustrating, because the majority of the talks and panels are a dinky 20 minutes long(...)

Attendees view Oracle’s Team USA’s AC72 catamaran at Oracle Cloud Plaza on Howard Street during the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco

Larry Ellison says ability to turn off security features in software makes no sense

Mark Hurd, one of two chief executives at Oracle (with Safra Catz), was bullish about the future to the press,  saying:  “Our revenue rate is increasing as we get bigger.”    Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

After years of aggressive acquisitions, the company is huge, with more than 130,000 employees worldwide

Mark Hurd, co-president and co-chief executive officer of Oracle   speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference in San Francisco . Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

*Company says certain cloud operations may require access from engineering resources in other regions

Oracle chief Mark Hurd told the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco that the answer for companies is to start moving operations to a cloud environment. Photograph: Getty Images

Tech boss tells OpenWorld forum firms may not be ready for demands of internet generation

Oracle chief Larry Ellison addresses the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Sunday. He said security “is going to become a bigger and bigger risk as we move vast amounts of data into the cloud.” Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg.

Oracle founder says transition to ‘new era of utility computing’ is still slow

Attendees at Oracle’s annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco wearing event rucksacks.

Tech giants partner for ‘Project Apollo,’ which will offer enhanced solutions

Inasmuch as the internet is “run” by anybody or anything, it is run by Icann.

Without set of governing standards, internet’s global platform could fracture

Ireland “firmly” backs the planned transition from US government to international oversight of a critical area of global internet management, Minister for Communications Alex White said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Alex White says Ireland ‘firmly’ backs US handover of domain name management

 Barack Obama:  has given ICANN the green light to create the structures needed to move its core addressing and domain name functions out from under US government management. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

ICANN in squabbles over whether it is ready to operate independently of US oversight

Why does the Web Summit have demands and grievances few other events seem to have? Which requests are legitimate, which not, and why?

Comment: Public dispute does no favours to Government, summit organisers or Dublin

Fadi Chehadé: “Make sure you know when you get in what are the principles you will not ever give up on, and hold them dearly, and never let them go.” Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Icann chief: an open meeting in Dublin next week has huge, divisive issues to debate

“As bizarre as it seems, existing evidence in the wake of Schrems suggests that only a handful of legal and business experts in the US or Europe, and very few companies, really understand EU privacy law.” Illustration: Thinkstock

Many of the 4,500 companies that relied on Safe Harbour are left a in a legal quandary

NetSuite CEO Zack Nelson: announced several important new  customers, including WH Smith and Prêt à Manger

Irish base is first move in cloud-based software company’s European expansion

The original case was about whether the DPC should have further investigated whether a user’s data  on a social network – Facebook – were handled in compliance with EU data protection and privacy law. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Karlin Lillington: ECJ has jolted US government into taking EU’s privacy stance seriously

Austrian Max Schrems at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg yesterday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Costly technical solutions will be found to comply with the ruling in Schrems case

Zachary Nelson, chief executive officer of NetSuite. Mr Nelson said NetSuite will partner with Telecity Group to provide data centre services. Photo: Bloomberg

Firm will partner with Telecity to provide data centre services to European customers

Icann president and chief executive Fadi Chehadé used his opening address  to argue that Icann’s role is solely at the technical layer of internet management.

Icann has come under increasing pressure to step in and shut down websites or censor content

Awards are great for encouraging people and companies to push themselves, and think about achievement. Photograph: Thinkstock

Congratulations to every company with the pluck to place itself under scrutiny of judges

European Court of Justice issued its opinion after Austrian campaigner Max Schrems challenged Facebook over the transfer of his personal information to American intelligence agencies.

Safe Harbour is, and always has been, a joke. It needs to be replaced

In 2007, Stephanie Lenz posted a brief video on YouTube of her 13-month-old baby bouncing up and down to a Prince song that was playing in the background on her stereo

The Lenz v Universal case has been slowly making its way through California’s courts

The word ‘entrepreneur’ grew during the 1990s especially in the tech sector

People who call themselves an entrepreneur these days are likely to be anything but

Internet governance is broadening out

The non-profit group with oversight for the internet is trying to become more globalised

Marissa Mayer:  Yahoo chief executive has already proved that  a woman can have a baby and run a company. Photograph: Bloomberg

Double standards when it comes to lives of female executives

Kieran Drain (right), chief executive of the Tyndall National Institute, with Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, at the launch of the Tyndall 2014 annual report. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Proponents argue it attracts foreign direct investment and makes graduates more employable

What they really mean is “go fail while one of our competitors has funded you, and come back to us when you have gained more experience”

Those now successful founders are not rushing to hire in people who made a mess of their previous companies

Eye for data: due diligence between parties to an acquisition or an investment now routinely includes a questionnaire on privacy and data-management policies and processes

Mergers, takeovers and other company sales are hinging on data-compliance and security issues

Anna Kern with her leaving cert results pictured with her mother, Lyudmyla Kyrychenko and sister, Olga Kyrychenko. Photograph: Adrian Butler

The case of Anna Kern, the Leaving Cert high-flier, shows the need for reform

Sundar Pichai, who will become chief executive of the slimmed-down Google. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Google now part of Alphabet but much of the internet functionality still centres on it

Girls don’t see the people who are in technology careers like the people in the ‘Big Bang Theory’, says Cathal Grogan, managing director, Verify Recruitment.

The Ada Lovelace Initiative aims to change female students’ perspectives on tech sector

During an archeological dig through my tech past I found the floppy disks for setting up my Indigo email account (floppy disks!). Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Things that once made a geek heart beat faster now seem comically old and useless

This  mock “killer robot”  in central London during the launch of a campaign calling  for the ban of lethal robot weapons attracted plenty of attention. But does such an image do the cause much good? Photograph: Getty Images

Developing autonomous weapons is not just the stuff of Hollywood summer blockbusters

Michele Neylon, director of Blacknight: “Because of the lack of rules, some companies just did what they wanted.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Controversial proposals would restrict ability to keep addresses, email contacts and phone numbers private

The homepage of the Ashley Madison website. Per capita only the Swiss and the Spaniards exceed us Irish as Ashley Madison “love rats”

The ‘terror’ a cheating spouse experiences as they fear being found out is not remotely equatable with suicide bombings or crashin(...)

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company is moving to improve its privacy and security policies. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau

Facebook is moving to rebuild users’ trust, say two of its top privacy and security officers

Angels are generally thought of as high net-worth individuals who give significant sums that get many young companies on to their feet before they go in search of venture funding

More people have become interested in start-up investment schemes where smaller investments of €5,000 to €10,000 are pooled

Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer Stephen Deadman’s comments were an indirect rebuttal to questions raised during a European Court of Justice hearing earlier this year in a pending case between Austrian law graduate Max Schrems and the Irish data protection commissioner’s office. Photograph:  AFP/ Karen Bleier

Ireland also had the right skillsets in its population, says Facebook privacy officer

A photo taken from an Islamic State website shows its militants fighting in Iraq. Photograph:  via AP

Governments and business should collate their data to prevent attacks and limit terrorist recruitment online

 Nearly everyone has a mobile phone and it’s usually either being carried by its owner or within close reach, and hence, earshot. Broadcasting to every mobile on a network means an emergency alert also reaches visitors. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Emergency alerts in US expand from radio and television to mobile phones

“YouTube is a major user of web bandwidth, along with streaming service NetFlix. Between the two, they hog half of the world’s total bandwidth. Surely they should pay more for it?” Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

There should not be a fast lane and a slow lane for delivery of services to internet users

William Malcolm, senior privacy Counsel at Google, at the conference in NUI Maynooth on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tech company evolving its approach to last year’s European Court of Justice ruling

Because it removes banks as intermediaries for payments, BitCoin threatens a major function and income source for the institutions. This is especially true in the area of remittances

Mainstream finance and venture capital beginning to take cryptocurrency seriously

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