Law enforcement agencies in western democracies have always had the power to collect data from companies in their jurisdiction if a legal case could be made. It’s just the last part that got lost

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the mass electronic surveillance programme by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have impacted on the ado(...)

 Alan Shatter: told the committee the Rits report had provided an alternative rebutting, or innocent, explanation for each anomaly. He told the committee it would be for retired High Court judge John Cooke to determine during his inquiry which of the two reports was more persuasive. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A parliamentary committee has criticised as “disappointing” the lack of detail in a document prepared for it by M(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions Hearing, on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has questioned the basis of the decision by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to launch an investigatio(...)

Mr Justice John Cooke will conduct the independent inquiry into reports of surveillance of the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has appointed retired High Court Judge John Cooke to conduct the independent inquiry into reports of surveillance of the Garda S(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: further report into alleged bugging at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had found “no evidence of any technical or electronic surveillance” at the policing watchdog, he told Dáil.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A further report into alleged bugging at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had found “no (...)