The Google building at Barrow street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The private lunch in Brussels, a week before Christmas Day in 2012, had an almost celebratory air. Google chairman Eric Schmidt and then-European comp(...)

Irleand’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Above a Centra shop in Portarlington sits one of the world’s most important regulatory offices pertaining to online privacy.From May 18th, the office (...)

EU commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager holds a press conference discussing the antitrust charges against Google. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Remember “Don’t be evil”? It is Google’s admirable early company mantra, and in the beginning, it was widely seen as a reaction against the rapacious(...)

Twitter has told all of its non-US users, who make up 77 per cent of all accounts, that from May 18th its services will be provided by Twitter International Company, the entity behind its Dublin operations.  Photograph: Reuters

The Laois office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) will from next month assume responsibility for policing the privacy of about 300 million mo(...)

Image of the week: What could these two – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager – be talking about? Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir
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Image of the Week: Operation antitrust What could these two – European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and competition commissioner Ma(...)

The difficulty is that after you die nobody can get into your social media accounts unless they have your password. And if they do log in, for most of these, they’re actually in breach of the terms of service

In 2005, a motorcycle accident took the life of 22-year-old Nebraskan Loren Williams. In an effort to find out more about her son’s life, Karen Wil(...)

FitBit activity trackers

Consumers looking to use their mobile devices to improve their health – or at least maintain their well-being – have tens of thousands of options. Bu(...)

Google: the US search engine commands even more of the market in the EU than in the US. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The European Commission’s charges against Google’s shopping service mark a dramatic escalation of an inquiry into the company’s search business that s(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels, where the EU charged Google with abusing its dominant position as Europe’s top search engine. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

in Brussels The European Commission formally accused Google of abusing its dominance in the internet shopping space.It also initiated a separate inve(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The EU formally charged Google with abusing its dominant position as Europe’s top search engin.

The European Commission’s decision to issue charges against Google marks a dramatic escalation of an inquiry into the company’s search business that s(...)