Dermot Desmond invested in cyber-security firm Vahna. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are few Irish investors better than Dermot Desmond at spotting the next big thing. His latest investment in Vahna, a cyber-security firm, comes (...)

Bruce Schneier: “So much surveillance is piggy-backed on corporate servers. I think it’s funny when someone like [Google chairman] Eric Schmidt is complaining about government surveillance.”

Renowned security expert Bruce Schneier is on the phone from a US airport, and there’s an awful lot of commotion going on in the background.A bleeping(...)

Never have the issues of data protection and personal privacy had such high profile

What does Ireland need from its new Data Protection Commissioner?We now know who has replaced former Commissioner Billy Hawkes, who retired from the r(...)

In an unprecedented rebuke to the security policies of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (above), dozens of reserve soldiers have said they would no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation. Photograph: Reuters/Nir Elias

Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel’s top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, in an u(...)

Russia has extended the residence permit of former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden by three years, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has said. Photograph: Wikileaks handout via EPA

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programmes,(...)

Microsoft, Grange Castle, in Dublin. Last week a judge ordered that Microsoft must turn over a customer’s emails that are stored. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The anonymous building on the outskirts of a sprawling industrial estate near Clondalkin may seem ordinary enough.But what lies inside is at the centr(...)

A sticker demanding asylum for US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen outside the partially-finished new headquarters of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Berlin have threatened to ask the constitutional court to overturn the German government’s refusal to grant Edward Snowden asyl(...)

The original complaint, taken by Austrian law student Max Schrems (above) against Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes (below), argues that the DPC took the wrong decision in refusing to investigate whether Schrems’s Facebook data was given adequate protection

Trade between companies in the United States and Europe could end up a casualty of a Facebook data lawsuit referred by the Irish High Court to the (...)

A year of revelations from Edward Snowden about the secretive mass data-gathering activities of the UK’s secretive spy agency GCHQ hang as a grotesque background to the UK proposals

When earlier this year, the European Court of Justice threw out the EU’s data retention directive on the grounds that it was not fit for purpose and g(...)

Edward Snowden participating, via a video link from Moscow, in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) hearing at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg on June 24th 2014. Photograph: Council of Europe/EPA

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the British parliament this week, expressing concern(...)