Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: signed statutory instrument into law, which took effect on Monday, on November 26th. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Foreign law enforcement agencies will be allowed to tap Irish phone calls and intercept emails under a statutory instrument signed into law by Mini(...)

Don Tapscott: “ I think there is a crisis of legitimacy about democratic institutions.” Photograph: Ana Grillo

Perhaps nothing puts Don Tapscott’s deeply influential 1995 book The Digital Economy in context better than a story he tells in his new introduction t(...)

There had long been rumours of a Government Communications Headquarters-run surveillance network called Echelon, that was tapping into phone and now, internet traffic

Over a decade ago, not long after Ireland got its first transatlantic internet cable links to the US, one international consortium toyed with putting (...)

A US court order to Microsoft to produce emails held in the company’s big European Data Centre in Ireland has profound implications

At first, the detail seems minor. At a drugs trial in the state of New York, the prosecution wants access to some emails as potential evidence. The pr(...)

The part of Obama’s plan of greatest interest to Silicon Valley is the overhaul of the H1B work visa programme and the potential for an entrepreneur’s visa. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

In Ireland as well as the US, most of the talk and attention around president Barack Obama’s surprise move to legislate directly on the festering issu(...)

The vast majority of Irish people support strong privacy protection for their online data and want the Government to set a high bar in defending it, a(...)

Emmet Savage and John Tyrrell of Rubicoin aim to offer a jargon-free investing experience. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Interested in shares and investing but haven’t a clue where to start? Or perhaps you picked up a bit here and there, but lack the confidence to start (...)

The Uber app: The car-sharing service got caught in a row with journalists after a senior executive Emil Michael  suggested the firm would hire people in particular to dig up dirt on PandoDaily editor Sarah Lacy.

The last couple of months have not exactly been a high point for women in the tech sector. There was Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella’s unfortu(...)

Fighting talk: Stewart Baker, former general counsel of the US’s National Security Agency, pulls no punches when talking about whistleblower Edward Snowden and the journalists who worked with him. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Guardian News and Media

Stewart Baker is a cheerfully unapologetic apologist for the US’s National Security Agency (NSA). It makes sense that he would be, as he was general c(...)

While consumers are gradually reducing their use of email as a communications medium with friends and family, consumer usage of email is actually still growing

Do you remember your first email? Did you consider it at the time to be something only a little bit short of Gandalf’s magical staff or the sudden ar(...)