Many aspects of the dormant piece of surveillance legislation  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald quietly signed into law two weeks ago are alarming.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“We could have secret prosecutions over secret interpretations of secret laws.” That’s how TJ McIntyre, of University College Dublin’s school of law a(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: signed statutory instrument into law, which took effect on Monday, on November 26th. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Foreign law enforcement agencies will be allowed to tap Irish phone calls and intercept emails under a statutory instrument signed into law by Mini(...)

There had long been rumours of a Government Communications Headquarters-run surveillance network called Echelon, that was tapping into phone and now, internet traffic

Over a decade ago, not long after Ireland got its first transatlantic internet cable links to the US, one international consortium toyed with putting (...)

Edward Snowden, whose latest document releases were published by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung 0:38

The Government has been accused of cowardice for “putting its head down” and declining to comment on the news that Irish telecommunications cables hav(...)

Compliance or lack thereof with the law on cookies is coming under fresh attention from Europe’s data protection authorities – five years after an (...)

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(...)

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is under-resourced and lacking the power needed to deal with increasingly complex issues aroun(...)

Social media savvy: The Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Whether they are tweeters, blawgers or both, the Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal.There are a myriad(...)

 Edward Snowden revealed the Prism Programme, which allows the US National Security Agency access to the personal information of non-US persons from databases of tech companies such as Apple and Google

The round white tower in Capenhurst, Cheshire, looked mysterious. Few in the area ever knew what it was for, except that it appeared almost overnight (...)

President Barack Obama 
gestures as he speaks in San Jose, Calif. , Friday, June 7, 2013. The president
 defended his government’s secret surveillance
, saying Congress has repeatedly authorized the collection of America’s phone records and U.S. internet use
 yesterday. Photograph:  Evan Vucci/AP

Have you ever sent a text message using an iPhone to another iPhone? Maybe you’ve sent or received email using Hotmail or Gmail? Did you ever Skype a (...)