Uber app logo: Uber did not agree to “co-operate and comply with the EU and/or Swiss Data Protection Authorities”. Photograph: Neil Hall

Net Results: too often a handy app harvests your data details for sale to third parties

Long term in the US, this move is going to stifle rather than promote innovation. Photograph: Getty

Karlin Lillington: Double whammy for Irish techs as Australia and US change visa rules

The  unicorn is an increasingly rare sight in  technology terms. Photograph: Getty Images

Net Results: Venture-backed firms with valuations in excess of $1 billion in decline

There are long-standing, sound reasons why encryption backdoors have failed to get the green light any time they have been proposed in the US or EU

Net Results: Evidence does not support EU plan for encryption backdoors for social apps

US president Donald  Trump: the Republican-party-dominated Congress voted to wipe out important Obama-era privacy protections on personal data. Photograph: Andrew Harrer

Net Results: Private data now a cash cow owned by internet service providers

Nielsen and AAP figures show  ebook consumers falling away from ebooks and ereader devices. Photograph: Getty Images

Net Results: But 10 years after Amazon launched the Kindle measuring ebook readership is tricky

 Boston mayor Marty Walsh with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Walsh put a welcome  damper on what has been a bit of hypocritical Irish blarney for two decades now. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Net Results: Ireland needs to start properly acknowledging our own immigrant communities

Individuals and businesses should use encrypted programs and apps such as Signal or WhatsApp. The more that do, the more limited CIA (or National Security Agency) hacking toolkits become. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Yes, you should be worried about the Vault 7 leaks, but not for the reasons you think

Overall BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2017 Shane Curran, from Terenure College, Dublin, with his project, qCrypt. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Curran’s winning qCrypt project offers solution for private data storage

Donald Trump: he’s already declaring that foreigners are not entitled to the  privacy protections afforded US citizens’ data.  Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Chaos would ensue if data transfers worth over $250bn annually are halted

The tech sector needs to accept that Peter Thiel is not going to be its intercessor with Donald Trump. Photograph: Andrew White/The New York Times

Net Results: Industry needs to flex muscle or it will be mown down by ‘Carmageddon’ presidency

Evading complacency: Corporate data gathering may seem  benign, but it  is as serious a potential threat to privacy as government surveillance. Photograph: Getty

Net Results: Debate renews as corporations and governments grow ever more nosey

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has indicated he is ready to face extradition. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The WikiLeaks founder misrepresents facts amid plans for Chelsea Manning’s release

  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone in 2016,  during the  Macworld Conference keyword in San Francisco, California,  to an unsuspecting world.  Photograph: Tony Avelar/AFP/Getty

Apple’s mysterious blank slate was technology at its best – indistinguishable from magic

  Sales of the the Amazon Echo and other e-enabled home devices have grown exponentially.

Critical data privacy and security issues surround Echo and always-on mic devices

The UK has just passed the draconian Investigatory Powers (IP) Act, which gives lawful permission for the widescale surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden (above) – while the European Court of Justice just ruled unlawful those sweeping surveillance powers. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras/AP/Guardian

The past year threw up plenty of tech challenges that are not going away in 2017

Alessandro Acquisti: his Ted talk on privacy has had more than a million views. Photograph: Joshua Franzos

Public now more aware of how online data can be misused, says Alessandro Acquisti

The FBI sent out an alert last spring warning about a massive increase in these so-called CEO scams.

Tagging €4.3m scam with the word ‘cyber’ and calling it ‘sophisticated’ is plain wrong

Of nine tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple and IBM, polled by The Intercept, only one – Twitter – said it would refuse to help Trump build a registry of Muslims. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

The big tech firms need to stand up and refuse to facilitate government surveillance

US Green Party leader and recent presidential candidate Jill Stein: Cynics ignore reasons why her effort is important. Photograph: Lisa Abitbol /EPA

Green Party leader’s legal case highlights authorities’ failure to audit national elections

Will a push be on to find ways for the net to route data anywhere but the UK, now Surveillance Central?

Net Results: Data surveillance provisions spell more post-Brexit bad news for Irish businesses

Hacked off: Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Apparently the Government has no policy on the use of secure, encrypted email and messaging services. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The force needs a policy on forwarding official emails to private web services: don’t

The incoming Trump administration will find it hard to tempt even large-scale skilled tech manufacturing back to the US. Photograph: Getty Images

Do not expect to see tax-driven rush of technology multinationals out of Ireland

 Donald Trump: verbal threats and belligerent attacks, four-letter words and  the whole sleazy underside of the web came from candidates and party officials themselves. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Social media can be tools of democracy. In the US campaign they were avenues of bile

The DRI case will argue that the agreement neither adequately addresses the European Court of Justice’s specific objections to Safe Harbour, nor protects EU citizens’ rights. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Digital Rights Ireland’s case against EU-US data transfer deal could spark trade chaos

Far, far away... Star Trek Enterprise and its computer’s wise female voice

The promised tech future is never quite what it was supposed to be. Darn

Screengrab of video released by the “Washington Post” showing Donald Trump (centre) and former   “Access Hollywood” co-anchor  Billy Bush meeting soap star Arianne Zucker:  A  recent NBC News/SurveyMonkey survey   indicates that  36 per cent of college educated men in the US   – regardless of ethnicity –  support Trump

A third of US men with a degree support Donald Trump despite sexist statements

The Berlin festival has grown from a 700-person meeting of bloggers in its first year to an annual three-day event which drew 8,000 people last May, and included 770 international speakers

Dublin is the first time organisers have taken the 10-year-old festival to another country

The likes of Intel have made significant investments in Irish infrastructure. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Net Results: Budget should be about more than tax rates to retain likes of Google, Facebook and Intel

Turn on: Gone are the days when Blackberries were so addictive they were nicknamed “Crackberries”. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

As Blackberry found out, it can be hard to shift direction when technology changes

Microsoft general counsel and executive vice president Brad Smith. Photograph: by Stephen Brashear/Getty

‘People have important privacy rights in their personal information,’ says Smith

Oracle founder Larry Ellison: the Republican gave $5m to Donald Trump’s rival Marco Rubio during the primaries, yet election donation records indicate he has not yet donated to Trump

Net Results: No California tech firm appears on Trump’s top-25 table of employee contributions

This new system means passengers spend about the same amount of time queueing as under the old system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

US immigration clearance system at Dublin Airport more of a problem than a solution

Apple held $215 billion in cash and other assets outside the United States as of June, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Opinion: If EU and US politicians wanted to change the corporate tax system they would

Don Tapscott: “If I send you €100 it’s really important that I don’t still have the money and that I can’t send it to somebody else.” Photograph: Ana Grillo

The technology behind bitcoins may fundamentally change how we use the internet

Co-founders of Red Hat Robert Young (left)  and Marc Ewing in  1998. Photograph: Candice C  Cusic/AP

Back in the 1990s, it was a major surprise when Intel and Netscape invested in the OS

Eirgrid says it has data facility enquiries on the table that would need another 1,000MW worth of power from 2019 onwards.

New centres offer relatively few jobs given the demands they make on Ireland’s power grid

An exhibitor stand at the Web Summit in Dublin in 2015:  the fundraising landcsape for start-ups is generally a hazardous strip of prickly land running between a rock and hard place . Photograph: Eric Luke

More and more big companies are creating their own venture investment arms

Cavachon puppies rescued from a car at Dublin Port, at the DSPCA, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

RSPCA estimates 30,000-40,000 Irish puppies supplied to UK each year

People are playing the  Pokémenon Go game in such inappropriate places as Arlington Cemetery in Virginia,  Auschwicz in Poland and (above) Downing Street in London.   Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The game has highlighted the issue of who owns the virtual space around your property

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: Data commissioner takes needlessly costly route in Schrems case

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

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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.

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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

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