Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy said that while Ireland would have preferred stronger filters to reduce and qualify what type of cases could be taken to an appeal board, he was happy with the two-year review clause in the proposal.  Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Negotiations between European Union member states and the European Parliament will begin as early as next week ahead of sweeping new data-protection(...)

The German public is acutely conscious of data privacy issues, as this  carnival float with a  caricature representing Google and Facebook in a Duesseldorf parade highlights. Photograph: Ina Fassbender

Germany is double-dealing on European data regulations, according to negotiators on a new EU regulation, by demanding high privacy standards in publi(...)

Companies face massive fines of up to €100 million under the proposed new data protection regulation currently being debated by the European Parliament. A committee of MEPs last night voted in favour of a draft that will now be the subject of negotiations with the European Council.

Companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple - which have their European headquarters in Ireland - may be forced to seek clearance from data protectio(...)