European Union  data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli. Photograph: European Parliament

A ruling by Europe’s top court invalidating certain data transfers to the US is a “signal from the EU” that citizens’ data must be respected, the Euro(...)

Austrian Max Schrems waits for the verdict of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

The European Commission has vowed to keep open transatlantic data channels after the European Court of Justice ruled invalid on Tuesday the 15 year-o(...)

Austrian activist Max Schrems and lawyer Herwig Hofmann  after the verdict of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg yesterday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The European Court of Justice ruling on Tuesday concerned a referral from the Irish Court involving the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in Porta(...)

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has performed an important service to Irish and European consumers that deserves acknowledgment. Yesterday’s rul(...)

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems. Photograph: Max Schrems/Europe-V-Facebook.or/PA Wire

Max Schrems, Europe’s data protection David, took on three Goliaths – in Brussels, Washington and Portarlington. And on Tuesday, Europe’s highest cour(...)

Max Shrems: Not an irritant but a canary in the Irish data mine. Photo AFP / Christian Bruna

If you knew a harbour was unsafe, would you anchor your boat there? Probably not. If the harbour authorities knew of safety issues yet kept silent an(...)

Austrian Max Schrems filed a data privacy infringement lawsuit against Facebook. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Q: The ECJ has ruled transatlantic data transfers under the “Safe Harbour” provision invalid. Has Europe’s highest court just broken the internet? A: (...)

The European Court of Justice will rule  on the Safe Harbour agreement between the US and the EU. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Europe’s top court is to deliver its verdict on an agreement that gave US spy chiefs access to the online data of millions of citizens. Austrian priva(...)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to China after his first overseas trip in four years and discovered what appear to be listening devices hidden(...)

 Safe Harbour data arrangement with Facebook and other US tech giants is an “illusion”, according to Marit Hansen, data protection regulator for Germany’s northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

German data protection regulators have attacked their Irish colleagues for placing “blind trust” in Facebook’s promises that it processed EU citizen (...)