Minister of State Dara Murphy has strongly defended Ireland’s record on data protection, pointing out that the IDPC has undertaken a number of “tough audits” of Facebook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

European Union ministers agreed to the creation of a pan-European data-protection body on Friday despite concerns from Ireland, the UK and the Neth(...)

Viviane  Reding MEP, a former European Commission vice-president, said it was now “urgent” for the commission to align the VAT rates for books and ebooks. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

“A book is an ebook is a #book!” tweeted Viviane Reding MEP in the wake of a European Court of Justice ruling that sided with the European Commission (...)

Data mining: It’s hard to think of anything you can do these days – online or off – that doesn’t leave a trail of data crumbs

Some 18 months after the first NSA revelations by Edward Snowden, the outrage in Europe about US intelligence snuffling through our data has dropped f(...)

Across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Ireland may welcome US silicon giants with open arms to its shores, but across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants su(...)

A US attempt to force Microsoft to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland has drawn a strong rebuke from Brussels

A US attempt to force Microsoft to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland has drawn a strong rebuke from Brussels in one of the first tests of(...)

A deal to force Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to abide by EU rules is a first step in a wider reform package to tighten privacy laws

Companies based outside the European Union must meet Europe’s data protection rules, ministers agreed on Friday, although governments remain divided o(...)

Jan Philipp Albrecht is the European parliamentary politician most closely identified with the politics of the digital era. At a time when data(...)

It’s official: the EU data retention directive has been declared invalid by Europe’s highest court this week, after Irish privacy advocates, Di(...)

Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, with by girlfriend Francesca Pascale, leaving the People of Freedom party’s national convention in Rome late last year. He has lost the appeal against his tax fraud conviction. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s highest appeals court last night confirmed a two-year ban from public office for centre-right leader and former prime minister Silvio B(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. His country is under increased scrutiny after his  government introduced constitutional amendments limiting the powers of Hungary’s top court. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The European Commission will today unveil new powers to intervene in countries where there is a threat to the rule of law, in a bid to take a t(...)