British prime minister David Cameron suggested that all digital encryption in Britain be maimed by supplying back doors for security organisations. Photograph: Bloomberg

If the national legislatures of the UK and US decide their leaders are right, and laws are passed to cripple encryption and permit other forms of mass(...)

Offering advice on taking “safe and sexy selfies” is certainly an attention-grabbing way to launch a new company, but there’s a good reason why privac(...)

A computer screenshot shows the US Central Command Twitter feed after it was apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathisers

In the wake of the hacking of official US military social media accounts – believed to be by Islamic State militants or sympathisers – the US governme(...)

Anthony Elonis repeatedly posted on Facebook about about killing his ex-wife and gunning down kindergarten children. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

“There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the (...)

Edward Snowden’s  leaks made citizens, businesses and governments aware of the scope of what was possible in large-scale surveillance and secret data access. Photograph: Reuters

Privacy will be a big issue in 2015. In Ireland as well as internationally, three big “Ps” are aligning around the topic, building on developments in (...)

Microsoft is appealing a court order to hand over emails held on an Irish server. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In a rare legal move, the Irish Government contributed a supporting legal brief in a significant US case, in which Microsoft is appealing a court ord(...)

For about the outlay for a decent laptop, you can get a piece of kit that will automatically find planets, constellations, galaxies and other interstellar ports of call

Forget other people. Instead, think about yourself. For a tech-oriented gift, that is. If you’re making a list and checking it twice, it’s worth lo(...)

Amazon warehouse: Luxembourg’s 3 per cent VAT for ebooks has caused vendors such as Amazon and iTunes to base operations in the country, enabling them to undercut competitors selling goods from within other member states. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The VAT system for online goods and services is about to be turned upside down. As of January 1st, Irish residents buying ebooks or music downloads(...)

Many aspects of the dormant piece of surveillance legislation  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald quietly signed into law two weeks ago are alarming.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“We could have secret prosecutions over secret interpretations of secret laws.” That’s how TJ McIntyre, of University College Dublin’s school of law a(...)

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(...)