The Data Protection Commissioner said that in the case of 13 of the 20 Irish apps checked, permissions “exceeded that which the sweeper would expect based on the app’s functionality after reviewing the app”. It confirmed follow-up action was being considered in four cases.

Just a fraction of mobile apps provide clarity about how they collect and use people’s personal information, according to a survey by the world’s priv(...)

The European Central Bank. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA In total, 127 banks across Europe are being tested. In Ireland, the costs will be met by AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Permanent TSB, KBC Bank Ireland, ACC, Merrill Lynch International and Depfa.

Eight banks in Ireland will have to pay €17.6 million between them to meet the costs of the comprehensive assessments that have been conducted this ye(...)

 Dalata, which owns the Maldron hotels chain, predicts that about €1 billion will be spent on buying Irish hotel assets this year.

About €1 billion will be spent on buying Irish hotel assets this year, Dalata chief executive Pat McCann predicted yesterday. He was speaking followin(...)

Construction companies “confident”  the sector’s recovery will remain on track in the coming year. Photograph: Frank Miller

The building industry’s revival continued in August, which marked its 12 straight months of growth since it began emerging from recession last year, (...)

Sean Dunne:   has been engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with his two biggest creditors – Nama and Ulster Bank – through the Connecticut bankruptcy court before Judge Alan Shiff. Photograph:  Steve Miller

A hearing in a Connecticut court yesterday was meant to have been an opportunity to agree procedures to fast-track the discovery of information betwee(...)

Sean Dunne: said that he did not have the resources to defend Nama’s objection to his being discharged. Photograph: Steve Miller

Sean Dunne’s two biggest creditors and the US court official investigating his financial affairs have objected to the insolvent property developer’s a(...)

Ulster Bank said it believes the recovery is becoming more broad-based and this year will be the first since 2007 that exports, consumer spending and investment will all grow.

Ulster Bank has upgraded its forecast for Irish economic growth by more than one percentage point and expects gross domestic product to increase by (...)

Northern Ireland’s construction sector posted the fastest increase in new business during July, with the pace of expansion hitting a post-crisis high.

Northern Ireland’s economy continues to recover, with data for July pointing to both a pick-up in growth of both activity and new business. Employment(...)

Ulster Bank expects to begin pay talks with staff shortly, for a period covering the next two years. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank expects to begin pay talks with staff “shortly” for a period covering the next two years. The bank, which returned to profit in the first (...)

Jim Brown CEO Ulster Bank said that the bank’s return to profitability is down to “the success of our existing strategy and sustained progress across all areas of the bank”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank made an operating profit of £55 million (€ 67 million) in the first half of 2014, a first profit for the bank since the financial crisis b(...)