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 (...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes: The risks involved in the site were “obvious”. Photograph: David Sleator

There were “obvious risks” associated with the availability of citizens’ personal data on the irishgenealogy.ie site, including the potential for ide(...)

Max Schrems: very likely to be exercised by the prospect of legal costs, the judge noted. Photograph: Collins Courts

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems will have to pay no more than €10,000 in legal costs should he lose his legal action arising from the mass transfer of (...)

Facebook has become less trendy in recent years, as more parents send friend requests to their children, and competing social networks increasingly ho(...)

Last June, Austrian law student Max Schrems wrote to the Data Protection Commissioner asking him to investigate the transfer of EU citizens’ data by D(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has welcomed the judgment in the Facebook case: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has welcomed today’s judgment in the case taken by an Austrian privacy campaigner in relation to Facebook. (...)

The High Court has referred questions raised by a case taken by an Austrian privacy activist over the alleged mass transfer of personal data to US int(...)

Safeguarding privacy: Austrian law student   Max Schrems (right) gives a press conference  after his meeting with European Facebook representatives in Vienna. Photograph:  Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

The financial regulator wasn’t the only one under legal scrutiny this week in Dublin. As the Anglo Irish Bank trial ended, with considerable critic(...)

While Facebook denied it co-operated with the US authorities over data sharing, it was not offering users the option of informed consent, Austrian law student Max Schrems claims. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A student has told the High Court his privacy rights are being interfered with on a daily basis as a result of the mass transfer, via the Irish arm of(...)

A complaint to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner regarding the transfer of Facebook user data from Europe to the US National Security Age(...)