Max Schrems was listed as a key speaker at the conference in Brussels, which has now been cancelled due to the security alert. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

A major privacy conference due to be held in central Brussels next week has been cancelled due to the ongoing security alert. The annual European dat(...)

Peggy Johnson of Microsoft at  the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

Peggy Johnson is only half-joking when she admits she might have risked being mobbed if she had roamed the aisles at this week’s Dublin Web Summit fre(...)

Taking a break at this year’s Web Summit. With extra time audiences get a much better sense of each contributor, discussions are more robust and finely developed, and individual contributions more nuanced. Photograph: Eric Luke

I always find the brevity of most of the Web Summit’s panel discussions frustrating. Just as an interesting collection of contributors get into a toot(...)

Mark Hurd, co-president and co-chief executive officer of Oracle   speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference in San Francisco . Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

*US group Oracle scrambled to clarify its position yesterday after comments from a senior executive indicated that it was one of the first multination(...)

Max Schrems: Speaking outside the Four Courts in Dublin, Mr Schrems said that “theoretically” a decision could be made by the commissioner within weeks. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems says he fears a ruling by the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) on his complaint against Facebook could (...)

Austrian Max Schrems, whose complaint to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner about his personal data being made available by Facebook to US intelligence services, will now be investigated by the commissioner.  Photograph: John Thysjohn thys/AFP/Getty Images

The Data Protection Commissioner has agreed to investigate a complaint by Austrian student Max Schrems alleging Facebook Ireland is making his persona(...)

A file image of  Austrian Max Schrems (left) arriving with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann   at a  European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, earlier this month. Photograph: AFP

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has told the High Court she will speedily investigate a complaint by Austrian student Max Schrems alleging Face(...)

 Helen Dixon Data Protection Commissioner: her office will now get a budget increase of nearly €1.2 million

The Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner is to get an extra €1.2 million in funding, bringing its total budget to over €4.7 million. Amon(...)

“As bizarre as it seems, existing evidence in the wake of Schrems suggests that only a handful of legal and business experts in the US or Europe, and very few companies, really understand EU privacy law.” Illustration: Thinkstock

Is there a contractual way for companies to get around last week’s European Court of Justice ruling on Max Schrems’s case against the Irish Data Prote(...)

 Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland, at the company’s Dublin HQ. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It has been a busy week for Facebook. The social network announced it is planning to launch a satellite in 2016 to provide internet access to remote p(...)