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(...)

Details of about 115,000 Irish users are reportedly included in the hack of the Ashley Madison adultery  website. Photograph: Thinkstock

Some State databases containing personal information may be less well-protected than commercial outlets such as the hacked Ashley Madison adultery sit(...)

Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy said the new forum would deal with the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing use of personal data.

Challenges in dealing with the increased generation and use of personal information will be the focus of a new advisory group to the Government, which(...)

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

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(...)