Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi speaks during the recent Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, a showcase for upcoming updates to Apple hardware and software. photograph: justin sullivan/getty images

If announcements by major mobile players this month are anything to go by, the future landscape for mobile phones will feature more fences and walled (...)

Once upon a time, private communication was simple: an envelope, hot wax, your own personal signet ring and you were done. And now? Thanks to E(...)

France’s privacy watchdog objected to Google’s method of combining data collected on individual users across services such as YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Google will have to display on its French search page a notice saying it has been fined by the local data-protection watchdog over how user informatio(...)

Gateway on the edge: (left to right) David Shackleton, Hitesh Tewari and Karl Reid of CipherApps, an encryption solution to protect your cloud data

“It’s a problem that a lot of people have tried to solve,” says CipherApps co-founder Hitesh Tewari, “but it’s a difficult nut to crack.” Sitting in f(...)

National College of Art graduate Paul Adams played a lead role in creating Google+ and is a former global head of brand design for Facebook.photograph: marc o’sullivan

Websites of the past were built around content, but websites of the future will be built around people. They will be highly tailored, personalised and(...)

From left: Google’s Jean Wang, Isabelle Olsson and Kelly Liang are among a group of pioneering women behind Google Glass

How does Google stay so relentlessly innovative? From its earliest and most valuable breakthrough – putting order on the vast amounts of information o(...)

Google HQ in Dublin: “We take our users’ privacy and security very seriously; recent reports claiming otherwise are simply untrue.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How private do you expect your emails to be? Most of us would surely insist they should be completely private, the contents visible only to the sender(...)

Google encourages its engineers to dedicate 20 per cent of their work time to side projects, an initiative which gave rise to Google Earth

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Called “inactive account manager”, a new Google feature lets users of the company’s services tell it what to do with email messages and other data if they die or their account becomes inactive. Photograph: Martin Keene/PA Wire

Google has launched a tool that lets users decide what happens to their email, Google Plus and other accounts after they die or become inact(...)